Mayor Brown was out of town, so the Eatbeat proclaimed Monday, July 15 as Cookie Day in Grand Forks.

We’ll gather between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in a shelter over in Lincoln Park. They say the mayor will be there. So will Kim Holmes, a connoisseur of fine foods. And G. Paul Larson who sings like a bird.

Those who are so inclined can bring a plate of six cookies to sample and share with the City Mission.

We will pay tribute to all of the 18 lift stations in Grand Forks. There will be music, laughter and memories of cookies. Most every household has its favorites.

Cookies of yesteryear show up in a YMCA cookbook published in Grand Forks 100 years ago. The book was loaned to the Eatbeat by Leah Byzewski, director of the Myra Museum.

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Among recipes for oatmeal cookies is one submitted by the late Mrs. E.S. L’Esperance. It reads exactly like this:

2 eggs, beaten, 1 ½ cups sugar, 1 cup butter, ½ cup sour cream with 1 teasp. soda, 1 cup raisins, ½ cup nuts, 2 cups oatmeal, 2 cups flour, 1 teasp. baking powder, 1 teasp. vanilla.

Drop with teasp. on buttered tin and bake to a light brown.


And then there were cookies well known as Hermits back in 1910. The late Mrs. H.G. Woutat shared her version, as follows:

1 cup sugar, 1 cup butter, 3 eggs, ½ cup milk, ½ cup molasses, 1 teasp. soda, 1 teasp. cinnamon, ½ teasp. cloves, ½ teasp, ginger, ¼ teasp. salt, 1 cup raisins, ½ cup nuts, flour to mix very soft. Bake in gem tins or drop on buttered pans.

Oatmeal chocolate chips

An oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe was given to the Herald years ago by the late first lady of North Dakota, Mrs. Art Link.

She used 2 cups of soft shortening, 1 1/3 cups brown sugar, 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar, 4 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 tsp. salt, 3 cups flour, 2 tsp. soda, 4 cups oatmeal, 4 pkgs. chocolate chips (6 ounces) and 1 cup nutmeats. Mix and drop by spoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake in 375 degree oven.

Cookie lady

Children who grew up around Fenton Avenue on the north side of Grand Forks got to know the late Ruth Montgomery. They called her the Cookie Lady.

She would welcome them with a white cookie –- made from the recipe from the late Mrs. Charles Downham of East Grand Forks.

Though these women are long gone, the feeling of love and friendship that came with their cookies lives on.

To make the cookies, they used ½ cup of white sugar and ½ cup of powdered sugar along with 1 stick of margarine, 1 egg beaten, ½ cup salad oil, salt, 2 teaspoons vanilla.

Then their recipe says sift together 2 cups flour, ½ teaspoon soda and ½ teaspoon cream of tartar.

Roll in balls and press down with fork or bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.