Aggression Oatmeal Depression Cookies

Friday, September 9, 2011
This is a large number of cookies made in our class in school for home economics in the 1970s. Basic oatmeal cookies were found in most American homes back then.

A recipe called "Aggression Cookies" (or depression cookies) are all made by hand (no mixers here) using very basic simple ingredients easily found, rolled by hand, and just an old-fashioned cookie jar oatmeal cookie.

It was always a treat for us all the mix the cookies as a family project and the results were always delicious and our favorite oatmeal cookie made with love.







Depression Cookies and Hard Times



Retro recipes are the best when there are food shortages and grandma and mom lived during war times when things were very tough to get staples and money was tight so they worked with what we had to stretch a dollar.

We learned quickly in high school that those days may happen again in the future and it was time to adapt to change by being grateful for what we have and not what we wished for.

Between school and my family and hard times, we learned the value of our dollar and to be very frugal..

While there were food shortages many families learned to adapt recipes to what they had on hand and these cookies are a fine example.

Mom always taught us to be thankful she would say "we will make the best of what we got and there is always someone worse out there".

So, it's no surprise these cookies were a delicious addition and creation when we had very few ingredients to work with in recipes and this cookie remains a favorite family cookie and is very much appreciated.




Simple Ingredients Needed

  1. brown sugar or regular
  2. butter or margarine
  3. oatmeal
  4. flour, all-purpose
  5. baking soda
  6. Optional additions: 2 cups of raisins, chocolate chips, or a combination of both. For cinnamon lovers: add 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon



Suggestions and Additions:


  • Peanut butter chips
  • Chocolate or white chips
  • Nuts of any kind, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, brazil nuts
  • Coconut shredded
  • Raisins or another dried fruit
  • Chopped fresh cranberries 




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These cookies are a great family learning tool, teaching kids to appreciate simple things in life is the best, and working together to learn an appreciation for the little things we get is grand.


Grandma and Mom learned to "make do" and we were always grateful for whatever we had, the teachings live on in my children and now their children and this Oatmeal Aggression cookie has made the best of memories.


Agression Cookies

Agression Cookies
Yield: 60
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 12 MinTotal time: 22 Min
These are very large recipes made in our school home economics class in the 1970s. Basic oatmeal cookies were found in most American homes back then.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups brown sugar or regular
  • 3 cups butter or margarine
  • 6 cups oatmeal
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • Optional additions: 3 cups of raisins, chocolate chips, or a combination of both.
  • For cinnamon lovers: add 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • Aggression Cookies with Peanut Butter Oatmeal Version
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 11/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salted butter
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Aggression Cookies:
  2. Put all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Mix the ingredients together by hand until the dough holds together by squeezing, and kneading until it is completely blended.
  4. Roll into small balls about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in size.
  5. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Butter the bottom of a small glass and dip into white sugar and cinnamon, then pound the cookies flat.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. Note: this is optional: sprinkle each cookie with a cinnamon/sugar mixture before baking.
  8. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Version:
  9. Mix everything except the chips and peanut butter and add them at the end.
  10. Folding and blending evenly.
  11. Roll into balls. Bake at 350 degrees for around 12 minutes.

Notes

Suggestions and Additions:


  • Peanut butter chips
  • Chocolate or white chips
  • Nuts of any kind, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, brazil nuts
  • Coconut shredded
  • Raisins or another dried fruit
  • Chopped fresh cranberries 


Nutrition Facts

Calories

162.54

Fat (grams)

9.62

Sat. Fat (grams)

5.91

Carbs (grams)

18.38

Fiber (grams)

0.57

Net carbs

17.81

Sugar (grams)

10.76

Protein (grams)

1.35

Sodium (milligrams)

131.85

Cholesterol (grams)

24.4
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4 comments

  1. Beautiful. Gotta say, those aggression cookies look fun (not to mention, the name is just cool).

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  2. Claudia I love this post! Congratulations on making top 9! You have some great recipes here, thanks for sharing, as always love your site =]

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  3. Hi, Claudia! These look great, and I'm anxious to make them. Can you clarify the two versions? The "regular" version calls for 1 tablespoon of baking SODA. The "peanut butter" version calls for 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking POWDER. Both versions call for 1 teaspoon of salt, despite one version yielding half the amount. Thanks!

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    1. The two recipes are totally different. There is no salt in the first recipe, and the second version has baking powder because of the peanut butter content and it needs salt for that reason.

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