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Poor Man's Cookies

Rated as 4.73 out of 5 Stars

"In the 1930s, producers of a popular radio program called Jake and Lena invited listeners to write in for this recipe. My mother changed the name from Jake and Lena Cookies to Poor Man's Cookies because they contained no eggs, milk or nuts. Despite the name, the cookies are rich in taste!"
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30 m servings
Original recipe yields 21 servings


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  1. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, sugars, flour and salt. Combine soda and water; stir in oats mixture along with shortening and vanilla. Roll into walnut-size balls. Place on greased cookies sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven; allow to stand 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.


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Very good cookie for when you're out of eggs and don't want to cream butter. I used margarine instead of shortening, and probably dumped a bit more water than stated, because my dough ended up ...

I turned this into Poor Man's snickerdoodles!I didn't have any oats, so I just substituted it with 1 more cup of flour instead. Also added about 2 tsps of cinnamon. It became very crumbly and dr...

I tried the recipe for myself except i used margerine instead of shortening because i didn't have any. They were really good but the fact they come out looking like caramelized puke tells me i d...

Very good! The dough was crumbly and it took some work to form them into balls, but after working with it a little, they turned out to be great! A little hard to get off the pan, so use a litt...

Wonderful nut, egg, butter, and milk free cookies!! The middles were a little gooey at first, but once they cooled they held their shape just fine and tasted wonderful! Thank you so much for the...

Was Cheap to make and Delicious! big hit @ church functions

These are wonderful! I've been looking for a good cookie recipe sans eggs, milk, and nuts for family with allergies. And I found this in an old back-issue of Taste of Home...same recipe, same ...

We love these cookies! During the Lenten season here in Russia, all products of animal origin are excluded, so these cookies are great for serving with tea to guests whether they are fasting or...

These are delicious! The dough was very crumbly so I added a few drops of milk to it (I suppose water would work well too). A couple of minutes before they were finished, I used a fork and fla...