Peg's Aggression Cookies Recipe?

Category Oatmeal

I am looking for a recipe for Peg's Aggression Cookies. They are oatmeal cookies, from her "I Hate to... Cookbook"! My kids and I did these way back in the early 80's. The new "Aggression Cookies" have eggs in the batter, our recipe did not. Lots of butter, brown sugar, oatmeal certainly... then all you had to do was punch the batter with your fists! That's why everyone got into the act, we would just punch and punch. It was fun and they were very good cookies. Please help me find the recipe for the grandkids.



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August 5, 20050 found this helpful

Aggression Cookies

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Serving Size : 180 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Cookies Desserts

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
1 tbsp Baking soda
3 c Brown sugar
3 c Flour
3 c butter
2 Eggs
6 c Oatmeal

She said it is a Peg Bracken recipe, and Peg stated "However, these are
the best-tasting as well as the fastest, easiest and cheapest cookies I ever
ran into, and I wouldn't say such a thing unless I meant it. The Community
Mental Health Center at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, printed
it, in the hope of channeling some energies away from throwing bricks, or
snarling at Santa Claus. The more you knead, mash, squeeze and beat the


bejunior out of the dough, the better you feel and the better the cookies
taste. Moreover, the recipe is easy to cut down. (As is, makes 15 dozen.)
Put all this in a huge bowl and mash, knead, squeeze, (see above). Then form
it into small balls, midway between filbert size and English walnut size, on
an ungreased cookie sheet. Butter the bottom of a small glass, dip it in
granulated sugar and mash the balls flat. Keep doing it. You need butter the
glass bottom only once or twice, but re-dip it in sugar for each ball. Then
bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 min. I found you need to let them sit just a
bit before taking up from the cookie sheet. We also cooked them for the 12
min. You need some space between them if you make them any bigger cause they
tend to spread out.

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By d (Guest Post)
August 5, 20050 found this helpful

I've had two of Peg's The I Hate to Cook Books that I've held on to since the 60s - (1 pub 1960 - the other 1966 (pulled them off the shelf intending to post the recipe you requested, but "Aggression Cookies" aren't listed in either book - i checked the indices under Cookies, Aggression c, & Oatmeal c,


which suggests that Peg may have written another I Hate to Cook Book later. Does anyone have the bibliography for it?

My two are paperbacks, published by Fawcett World Library. i just noticed that way back then, they cost me all of $.60, & $.50, respectively... WOW!

Thank you for responding.

PS: Her recipes were a blessing when i was young & a working mom, but they are even more wonderful now, because they are easy and quick; however, they don't taste the least bit quick or easy - a godsend for those among us elders who live alone, or are cooking now just for one or two...

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August 30, 20050 found this helpful

Aggression Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon soda
2 cups oatmeal

Mix like pie crust until soft...Beat it...hit it... pound it... pinch it...squish and squash it. Don't quit until
you've worked all those nasty aggressive feelings out of your system.


Now flatten one-inch balls of dough on ungreased cookie sheets. Use the bottom of a glass dipped in
sugar to flatten. Bake at 350 for about ten minutes.

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By Mary Lee (Guest Post)
September 15, 20050 found this helpful

Although not listed in the index, the recipe is in the "I Hate To Cook Almanack" by Peg Bracken. You will find it on page 79. Just like Eplitt's recipe except omitting the eggs.

One of my favorites!

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By sharon (Guest Post)
July 3, 20060 found this helpful

I read it in a magazine (Famiy Circle or Women's Day?) back in the 1970s I've lost my clipping - but your submission seems right - although I'm pretty sure there were no eggs in it.

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July 16, 20190 found this helpful

I wrote Woman's Day at the top of my recipe card. And YES, mine also has no egg - just butter, brown sugar, flour and rolled oats and baking soda .


A friend calls them "travel cookies " as she eats 2 on every trip to visit her sick father. Thanks for the confirmation of approximate year.

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