Monday, August 3, 2009

Carrier Street Cookies!

My mother grew up very near this house on Carrier Street, in Liberty, N.Y. The home was owned by the Cooper family and the welcome mat was always out. It was purchased by Allan Berube and run as a bed and breakfast, until his untimely death.

The bed and breakfast, when in operation, was a welcoming sight and maintained so nicely by Mr. Berube. He inquired of my mother some of the history from the home and my mom was all too happy to share her fond memories as well as the cookie recipe Mrs. Cooper often made for the children in the neighborhood.

Once Mr. Berube learned of this lovely cookie, he made bags for his guests and attached a copy of the history for his guest to enjoy. The page states: Carrier house is near the site of the old Liberty railway depot. Hoboes, who used to hang around the train yard, came up Cooper Ave. to Carrier and New Street, offering to sharpen scissors and do other work for food. These cookies are from a recipe Bobi Benton ( Ruth Wheeler's Sister) gave me. These were her favorite childhood cookies that Mrs. Cooper shared with neighbors and the hoboes who knocked on her door in the 1940's.

Hobo Fortune Cookies (because they had the good fortune of eating them!)

Sift: 1 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 cup Crisco
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup light molasses
1 cup sugar
1 egg

In mixer, mix wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients to batter. Stir in 1 cup rolled oats. Shape into balls and dip in extra bowl of sugar. Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes. Makes 36 cookies.

P.S. If you are wondering about the huge chicken in the yard of the guest was purchased by Mr. Berube from the local dairy queen when it went out of business. I bet it made anyones stay "Sunny Side Up"!


noble pig said...

I swear tis remined me of that American Girl movie that was out. I love this!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

That house is so cute!!

I love the cookie recipe card and the story!

Liz Thom said...

I love this post. When I was a little girl, my Nana made Hobo Fortune cookies every Christmas. They are my favorite, and they remind me of all the good, safe, warm moments of my childhood. I couldn't, for the life of me, find her recipe, so I went online to see if I could find it. I remembered that she had cut the recipe out of a newspaper years ago. It took me forever, but I finally found it! I never knew the history behind the recipe, but it is very fitting, as my Nana was a historian and a writer. My grandparents and both my parents have been gone for years, but I am so thankful I came across this blog post because I so much wanted to share these cookies with my own children! Thank you for sharing!