1-1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup soft shortening
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups quick oatmeal
4 plain Hershey bars
Sift flour, soda, and salt into bowl. Add shortening, brown sugar, egg, milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth (approximately 2 minutes). Blend in oatmeal. (Dough will be stiff.)
Shape dough into small balls and place two inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Flatten each with the bottom of a glass covered with wax paper. (Grandma preferred to spoon the dough onto the cookie sheet and leave them au naturale. I use the heel of my hand to flatten them slightly.) Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
After removing the cookies from the oven, immediately place a small square of Hershey's chocolate on each. Then remove cookies from baking sheet and press a half of a pecan into the melted chocolate.
Makes 3-1/2 dozen.
Homemade Caramels were a hit. If you make these delectable dandies, I'd like to offer you the following tips:
• When choosing a pan, allow space for boiling. (I used a 3 quart pan and I had some concern that it was going to boil over.)
• Prepare yourself for a lot of stirring because it takes a while to get the mix up the 240 degree temperature. (It's worth the time though.)
• Purchase precut wrappers if possible. I cut individual 4" X 4" parchment wrappers using a paper trimmer. You will need a lot of them.
I used a knife similar to this with an 8" long
blade to cut the caramels into squares.