Monday, June 21, 2010

Survival Bars

Survival Bars

O.K., so their real name is "Filled Oatmeal Cookies", however, they are wonderful "stored foods" cookies, full of fiber and packed with nutrients.  They are our cookie of choice for a quick breakfast.  They are great if you are out hunting or hiking.  They require NO fresh ingredients!

They are also GOOD!  Our neighbor girl says they are the best cookies that I have ever made (and I make a lot of cookies!).  I got the recipe from my dear friend "Lady Day".  Here is the recipe.

1 1/2 C. Shortening (or lard or butter)
1 1/2 C. Brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda mixed with 6 T. hot Water
3 C. Oatmeal (I use thick cut)
3 C. Flour (may use white or whole wheat)
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. Salt

Combine shortening, sugar, and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add soda in water, nutmeg, salt, flour.  Stir in oatmeal.  Add more water or flour to make a nice, workable dough.  Roll out thin.  Cut out with round cookie or biscuit cutter (or whatever shape floats your boat).  Lay cookies on cookie sheet, place desired filling on them (1 tsp. or so) and top with another cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.  There is no need to seal the edges.  My preference for filling is raspberry or blackberry jam.  However, any kind of jam would be wonderful or you could use a raisin filling (good stored foods item).

Being filled with raspberry jam...

Being filled with blackberry pie filling....

Raisin filling:
Grind or chop fine 1 1/2 to 2 C. raisins, dates or prunes.  Add 1 C. sugar and 1 C. water.  Bring to a boil.  Mix 2 tsp. cornstarch with a little water for thickening.

These cookies have a drizzle of frosting on them.  This certainly isn't necessary, and I generally don't include the icing - I just wanted them to be a little fancy this time!



  1. I just finished making these! DELISH! We filled ours with homemade (honey)mesquite jelly. Thanks for posting such a great recipe!
    Warm Regards

  2. Mrs. Gay- I am curious, are these actually a stored food or are they "stored" in the stomach while they are still warm?!

  3. They are rather lovely "stored" in the stomach, however, they are a "stored foods" recipe because they are made with ONLY stored foods ingredients. They store about as well as any other wonderful cookie.


  4. I made these yesterday with some substitutions. I made them with 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 white granulated sugar instead of 1 1/2 cups brown. I also used a 10 grain cereal mix because I reached for the oatmeal and the container was almost empty. I didn't bother rolling them out. I just used about a tablespoon per cookie. They came out great. Rich and hearty. One of my managers loves these. His eyes light up like a kids when I tell him I brought in oatmeal cookies.