This last week we celebrated the life of Betty, Todd’s grandma. She passed away at age 95. She was one of 14 children! Betty was a firecracker and loved the color red and would often quote, “It doesn’t matter if you try and fail, and try and try again, and fail. But it does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again.” Betty had grit and resilience. And she was also known for her oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Today, in honor of Betty, I am going to share her recipe.

Betty’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour (plus 1/4 C)
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 3 cups oats


Beat shortening, sugars, egg, water and vanilla together until creamy.  Add flour, salt and soda to the creamy mixture. Then add 1/4 cup flour (extra). Stir in oatmeal and chocolate chips. Drop dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

If it were Betty making these cookies, she’d serve them in a white box with tin foil!  (See picture)

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I’ve also used this recipe to make a pazooki and highly recommend that too with a dollop of ice cream!

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I love my cast iron skillet for desserts so far, but I want to branch out and try some main dishes. Nicole taught me all the ways of how to take care of it in this post. But honestly, I am still very much a beginner at cast iron skillet cooking. I’ll have to take Betty’s advice and try, try again.

What’s your favorite cookie recipe? Do you have any recommended cast iron skillet recipes?

Lastly, if you want to laugh, watch this video clip of Betty and wait until the green Oldsmobile part.