Depression (or Recession) Era Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts

Dear Recession,

I hate you I dislike you. I think it’s time for you to go away now, don’t you think? Look! I made you oatmeal cookies…think of it as a parting gift of sorts. So leave…now. You’ve caused nothing but trouble ever since you arrived and everyone is sorta tired of your face.

And to all you people that caused this, you sort of make me sick. My friends can’t seem to fund their movies, or get money for their art projects. A bunch of my favorite restaurants and boutiques have closed their doors, which in turn has lead to a whole bunch of people now working jobs they don’t like just to pay the rent (and that’s if they can even find a job) all ’cause of you. People have shed a lot of tears, families have broken up, and overall, you’ve just made life a whole lot harder for a whole lot of people. Sooo…I’m thinking you owe us something, dontcha think? I think you owe us some cookies…I mean, it’s really the least you could do. It certainly won’t make us forget, but you know, we’ll call it an olive branch. And since  I’m pretty confident you can afford it, I’m demanding you put some bacon in those cookies, and I think Valhorna chocolate chips are also in order (see below for example).

So dig into your bonus-filled pockets, put on a cute, little apron and get baking. You suuure do have a lot of cookies to bake.



Depression (or Recession) Era Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe was given to me by my dear friend, Tom. This was his Grandmother Nellie’s Oatmeal Cookie recipe that calls for bacon drippings rather than butter. I keep my bacon drippings in a mason jar in the fridge. If you don’t save your bacon drippings, or you don’t want to use them, here’s a link to my favorite Oatmeal Cookie recipes that uses butter. See! Everyone wins.

Print this recipe!

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup  bacon drippings at room temperature

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups flour

4 pieces of bacon, fried and chopped (optional)

6 oz. of chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the white sugar, brown sugar, egg and bacon drippings. Add the oats, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, flour  and mix well. If you like, then gently fold in the bacon and chocolate chips.

Using your hands shape the dough into 1 1/2″ to 2″ cookies. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for ten minutes or until done.

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  • Reply Katrina June 16, 2010 at 5:07 am

    These look lovely! I don’t eat meat, but the rest of the recipe looks super duper 🙂

  • Reply Lynzy June 16, 2010 at 6:37 am

    YUM, your pictures make these cookies look delightful!!

    xo Lynzy

  • Reply DessertForTwo June 16, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Amen! Can I request that the recession makes me cupcakes too?

    I love the idea of using bacon drippings! So does the cookie taste a bit like bacon?

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  • Reply brendan June 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I can’t wait to try these!

  • Reply Adrianna June 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

    DessertForTwo–I think at this point you can demand anything you want. 😉 They actually don’t really taste like bacon, though there’s a small hint of smokiness, but for the most part they taste just like amazing Oatmeal Cookies!

  • Reply Joanne June 16, 2010 at 10:41 am

    This post made me laugh incessantly. In an uncomfortable kind of way though because of how true it is. If the recession wants to bake me a three-tiered cake as well. I wouldn’t say no. These sound delicious!

  • Reply Cheryl June 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Wow, if I thought baking would help the depression go away, I so would do it! You crack me up! p.s. I thought I was the only one who kept their bacon drippings in the fridge!

  • Reply Lora June 16, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Love this post. Recession Boooooo to the recession and those who caused it. The cookie is fab. A must try. Thanks!

  • Reply Erica June 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    These look so good!
    BTW, the recession can suck it! ; )

  • Reply Sara June 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I want to go to there.

  • Reply Pamela June 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Dear Bernard Bernie Madoff, get your fatass in the cozy kitchen and make my broke ass a damn recession cookie! And that cookie aint dippin’ itself in that milk. Dip away, punk. And don’t let it sit in there for too long. I don’t want it all mushy. I gatta protect my cookie…but you know all about what that’s like now, don’t ya? Soaps’ slippery.

  • Reply Catherine June 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I got to Taste these lovely little morsels at a Birthday Party this last weekend — and OMG! They are quite tasty!!! Tried to be good and eat just half of one — Yeah, that didn’t happen. I ate two … So Thanks For the Delicious Memory and the few extra pounds!

  • Reply LaChelle @ SugarDuchess June 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    This post makes me smile. Cookies are definitely in order these days. This recipe looks amazing! Love your blog and gorgeous photos 🙂

  • Reply Pam June 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Great post.

    Cookies like these make me drool. I could eat both stacks and drink the milk.

  • Reply Memoria June 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I stay in the house almost every day because of this recession. It is the only way I can avoid spending too much money haha. These cookies look fantastic. Good thing Guittard gave me a bunch of chocolate. Otherwise, I would have to stick with snickerdoodles and oatmeal cookies…not like that is a bad thing, though. Fantastic photos!

  • Reply Abby June 17, 2010 at 5:10 am

    oh wow…the idea of using bacon drippings in a cookie has blown my mind! Can’t wait to give it a try!

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  • Reply Kate June 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

    using bacon drippings has me thinking out the “box”. The photo sure looks good. I might add chopped walnuts instead of bacon bits.

  • Reply Pam June 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I am so proud to be a grand-daughter of Nellie, who enshrined this cookie in my psyche. I have made this recipe many times. Everyone who has ever had one has loved it. To be politically correct I have sometimes told the prospective eaters that it contains bacon drippings, sometimes not!!

  • Reply yummy supper June 18, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Wow Adrianna, bacon dripping in chocolate chip cookies. I think I might be in heaven!

    I always seem to have a jar of dripping that ends up in the trash:( Never thought using drippings in cookies.

    Who could be depressed when eating those tasty looking treats!

  • Reply Kathie March 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Just found you blog- it’s a great read and your pictures are gorgeous!! I have a friend who is absolutely obsessed with bacon. I cannot wait to ship him a box of these cookies!

  • Reply Tates July 30, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Thanks for sharing era oatmeal cookies information with us. I love lot baking cookies preparation and taking those. I like to present these cookies for birthdays of my friends.

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