My great-great-grandmother, Margaret Fleming, was born in 1836 and lived in Cookstown, Northern Ireland. I wonder if she would have baked cookies (called biscuits in the United Kingdom) similar to these for my great-grandfather and his brother and sisters.
Flakemeal Cookies from Northern Ireland
½ cup butter, at room temperature
⅓ cup white sugar
¼ tsp salt
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup large flake rolled oats
Preheat oven to 350°F and oil a cookie sheet.
Cream butter. Add sugar and salt and beat well. Beat in flour.
Mix in coconut and rolled oats.
Sprinkle a little flour on a pastry board or counter, as well as on a rolling pin. Roll dough to ¼ inch thick. Use a 2 inch cookie cutter or glass to cut out the cookies. Push scraps together to form more cookies.
Place on cookie sheet. Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until the biscuits are lightly coloured. Allow to cool for five minutes before transferring from cookie sheet to a rack.
Submitted by Nancy Weir, WICC Administrator