Sunday afternoons are shaping up to be one of my favorite times of the week! We are loving our new small group at Church of the Highlands at my sweet friend Ashley’s house. I made cookies this afternoon for the group. I love to bake, although I don’t do it very often because I am not good at only eating one of anything, especially sweets. However, I am always glad when I make something for a group, it’s a hit, and I don’t have to bring any home with me! My grandmother was amazing in the kitchen. Some of my cherished possessions are her cookbooks and notebooks that she wrote in and marked with checks, sighting those recipes that were worth making again. The $250 cookies was one of  those recipes.  It came out of the Central Park United Methodist Cookbook put together by the ladies of the church in 1992, and was submitted by Judy Nettles. My grandmother, we called her Mema, loved those ladies and was always involved in this cook book fundraiser. I tried this cookie recipe out for the first time tonight and I have to say, it will be a “go to” recipe when I am in charge of cookies! Oh my, they were that good. Although they were not “great” for you, I don’t feel bad making them on occasion because they are chemical free and not full of preservatives like everything else you buy these days in a box or even at the bakery. So here you go, the $250 dollar Cookie Recipe.

250 dollar cookie recipe


$250 Cookie Recipe


1/2 lb. butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups blended oatmeal*
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
12 oz. chocolate chips
1 (8oz) grated Hershey bar
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (optional)


*To blend oatmeal, place in food processor or blender to make it a fine powder.
Cream butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powered and baking soda. Add chips, candy and nuts. Roll into balls and place 2 inches apart on cooke sheet. Bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes. I placed them on cookie racks and patted them down with a spatula to make them flat and stackable.


  1. Kandy Cullers says:

    What is blended oatmeal?

  2. Was that some thing they used then…? I can’t see grandma having a processer….. I can’t wait to make these cookies

    • Ha! Good point. This book is not really that old. It says to use a blender but I used my processor when I made them 😉 And no, mema didn’t have a processor but she did have a blender. A few of my books she used were from the late 80’s, early 90’s. She died in ’96. My favorite though, is a 1940’s Clabber Girl book. I have used it for waffles, biscuits and applesauce cake. I’ll share some of those too sometime.

  3. It’s a small world! I was given this recipe here in New Zealand by a friend way back when I first got married. mid 90s. It came with a story of how the woman asked for the recipe at a cafe and was told it would cost her “two fifty”. She agreed to that thinking $2.50 and when she looked at her credit card later found she had been charged $250. She made it her ambition to spread the recipe to everyone she could after that. Not sure if that was just urban legend or if it really happened but it is interesting how these things travel the world!

  4. It is supposed to have happened in a NYC restaurant. Didn’t happen, but it’s another vintage classic coming back into fancy. The actual recipe given out was said not to be very good, so this must be a revised recipe and it has chopped hershey bars in it, so certainly not the original vintage recipe. Bet those cookies taste really great.

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