This recipe for oatmeal cookies may be a bit different than the traditional one you’ve been using, with it’s inclusion of sour milk!

Hafer-Flocken Kecks (Oatmeal Cookies)

½ cup lard
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 ½ cups flour
2 ½ cups oatmeal
1 teaspoon soda
4 tablespoons sour milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup raisins, if desired

Cream lard, add sugar and mix well. Add one egg at a time and beat well after each addition. Add flour, oatmeal and soda alternately with milk and vanilla. Add raisins if desired. Drop by teaspoons onto greased baking sheet and bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) for 12 to 15 minutes.

This recipe is from the Amana Colony Recipes cookbook, and is reprinted with permission of the Homestead Welfare Club. Zuber’s is located in Homestead and we serve our guests traditional recipes such as these.

The book is a collection of traditional Amana Colonies recipes and features family-size recipes of the foods prepared and served in the Amana villages for over a century. The recipes were compiled by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Homestead Welfare Club. To purchase a copy of the book, please contact Elaine Zuber at or 319-622-3099.