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This cookie was popularized by World War One care packages to soldiers of the Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), since they could be made without eggs, and they kept well on the overseas voyage to Europe. The dough is very crumbly, but a small ice-cream scoop will enable you to form the biscuits quickly and in a uniform size and shape. Expand Martha Stewart Living, October 2000
Yield Makes about 3 dozen Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups rolled oats 2 cups sugar 1 cup desiccated coconut 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 2 tablespoons Lyle's Golden Syrup 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup boiling water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, and coconut. Set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter with syrup. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water, and add to butter mixture. Stir to combine. (Be careful; if the butter is hot, it will bubble up considerably.)
Add butter mixture to dry ingredients, and stir to combine. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice-cream scoop, drop onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart (be sure to pack the scoop tightly so the mixture doesn't crumble). Flatten cookies slightly with the heel of your hand. Bake until golden brown and firm but not hard, about 15 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
They are sweet and chewy. Plus healthful.
Exactly what I was thinking - snickerdoodles!
Peanut butter cookies
Seal-A-Meal is a must. But don’t put too many in one pkg. I even sent some cakes, single layer in tin foil pan in the seal-a-meal pkg. the only thing we had a problem with was when I missed that one didn’t get sealed and the banana bread got a bit moldy, but they just cut off the mold & ate it any way! ;-). I tried to send a pkg a week. Once we sent 300 spritz Christmas cookies.
It will last through anything.
My Uncle (WWII vet) stated that his boat nearly sank when someone dropped a fruit cake.
I like ginger snaps and sugar cookies for out in the field when it is warm out. For shipping, my mom used to send me care packages with the goodies protected by REAL popcorn to keep them from breaking. Never was hungry enough to eat the stale popcorn though!
Rice Krispie treats are a good choice. Can mix in chocolate chips or M & Ms. We also sent alot of Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies, right in their boxes. A couple Santa hats for padding and/or popped popcorn in large baggies.
When my brother was in Vietnam, Mom used to use a metal tin and pack the cookies in popcorn. I suspect they probably crumbled, but the popcorn was good too.
If you had time I would suggest German honey cookies.
Fresh out of the oven they are okay, but taste much better after six months aging in a tin, and peak at about one year. I have some that are five years old, and they are the “brandy” of cookies, in that you eat them slow and savor every bite.
They have no fats or oils in them, other than inside some chopped, blanched almonds.
German Honey Cookies
(full maturity at 6 months)
Heat 1 pint of honey to boil, then cool until
Finely chop 3 ounces each of citron, candied
orange and candied lemon peel. Mix it with:
1 cup chopped blanched almonds
1 tsp grated lemon rind
3 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
3-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
6 beaten eggs.
Mix 1 tbsp soda in 2 tbsp hot water, then add
it and the honey to the mix, then add:
1/4 cup orange juice.
Then stir in 5 cups bread flour, using a bread
Permit the dough to rest for 12 hours or more.
Drop small amounts from a spoon onto greased
baking sheets. Bake in a 350F oven for 8-10
For icing, mix 2 cups confectioners sugar with
3 tbsp or more boiling water and 1 tsp vanilla
extract. Brush on cooled cookies.
Fresh cookies are somewhat tame in character, and
the longer they age, up to a year, the better they
taste. It is best to store them in a large tin,
with layers of waxed paper in between.
Alternatively, the dough can be baked into a loaf
as a honey fruitcake, and can be eaten soon after
it has cooled.
This isn’t cookies, but when my daughter was deployed to Iraq, she was craving the Rum Cake that is a holiday favorite at our home. It improves with age, and the rum preserves it very well! And she had enough to share with her friends!
Ask them what kind of cookies do they like and send them.
I send snickerdoodles. They do great every time, any season.
My mother and grandmother sent a box of cookies to my uncle (aboard ship) during WWII. By the time they arrived, they were nothing but delicious crumbs — but well appreciated, even so. In the 1940s, people packed cookies in popped popcorn. I’m sure that we have better materials today.
They have no idea what is in your frosting..This is PC being employed by the military so it sounds good. If the rescipe calls for bacon grease use it (but don’t tell ) em.
I am on my fifth deployment since 9-11. During the winter you can send chocolate. It is too cold for chocolate to melt. My wife sends chocolate covered peanut butter drops every Christmas. They arrive fine. Pack the cookies well in a sturdy box. She puts them in a disposable tupperware container inside a cardboard box. The biggest danger to the cookies is getting crushed. You will need to hurry as the Military Postal System is slow in good times and overloaded at Christmas. I think last week was the cutoff for “guaranteed” delivery to Afghanistan by Christmas. No one will care if the cookies arrive before or after Christmas. It is the kind thoughts that count. Thanks for supporting the troops and your cookies will make many great Americans happy.
The can looks indestructible.
Great idea. It would be better though if they were addressed to Any Soldier on one of the FOBs. Otherwise the care packages stack up at the HQs and rarely make it further. Case in point the conexes of Starbucks coffee sent to Iraq. They were dropped off at Camps Victory and Slayer (co-joined bases in Baghdad). Not complaining because I used their silver bag Espresso roast in my ADC coffee maker for over a year but I knew some FOBs would’ve appreciated the goods. Some FOBs didn’t even have coffee in the local BX -if there was one.
Ok, read your post. Here’s my $.02:
-Cookies and most moist foods get go in shipping.
-Beef jerky, venison jerky, etc. are good.
They eat quite well over there so gap fillers usually amount to little odds-and-ends the folks at the BX and Hadji-Mart didn’t figure on.
-220 volt, multi-socket surge protector. The Hadji-mart models burn-out, catch fire, etc.
Then depending on their assignments
-Red dot for M16
-T-shirt from home town/state
-Thick, quality bath towel (not maroon or white -BX colors)
-Bathrobe for late night trips to the latrine.
-Extra Cushioned wool socks
-Leatherman if they don’t already have one.
-Hand held GPS (don’t worry about maps it can still take waypoints and provide distance and bearing info).
-Solar powered recharger for whatever gadget(s) they have.
-90% Isoproply rubbing alcohol or alcohol wipes for disinfectant since the BX won’t stock anything ‘alcohol’ so as to not offend the ppl trying to kill them.
Most other essentials are at a BX.
being former Navy and received many care packages while deployed, I have one recommendation, date your package! received a valentine’s package almost a year later. there were so many postal strikes that it was hard to figure out the shipped date