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Profile: Homemaker Dorothy Vogelsong

Makes about 70 2-inch cookies1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour½ teaspoon salt½ teaspoon baking soda12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed½ cup granulated sugar1 egg¼ cup water1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract3 cups rolled oats¾ cup chocolate chips {pinterest_rich_pins_images} Profile: Homemaker Dorothy Vogelsong {/pinterest_rich_pins_images}

Profile: Homemaker Dorothy Vogelsong

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    Dorothy Vogelsong
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    Dorothy's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
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    Chocolate chips and rolled oats get folded into the batter
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    Drop the cookie dough by the tablespoon onto the lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
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    Fresh from the oven, after 12 minutes of baking.

Text, photos and food cooked by Michal Martinek

Jan 16, 2015

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Dorothy Vogelsong is a very good cook. She grew up in upstate New York and Pennsylvania. Both of her parents’ heritage, but especially her mother’s, informed her cooking later when she became a homemaker in Lancaster County and started feeding her own family. “My mom was born in Germany and came to the States when she was nine,” says Dorothy. “She was a great cook, and everything I know I learned from her. I still make her Corn Fritters and Dutch Apple Coffee Cake.” 

Age 60 — Hometown New York City — Where do you live? Las Vegas, Nevada — Occupation Retired — Signature dish Christmas stollen — Who taught you how to cook? My mother — Favorite kitchen tool Wooden spoon — Always in your pantry Flour, sugar and spices — Go-to snack Homemade oatmeal cookies — Favorite cuisine Italian — Do you diet? Never. I like food! — Food addictions Cookies — Food allergies Chocolate — Food fad pet peeve Just because it's on TV doesn't mean you should eat it — Who’s your sous chef? My grandsons — Drinking while cooking? Yes, but only after all the ingredients are in the bowl — What’s for dinner tonight? Not sure. Maybe spaghetti — Do you ever cry over spilled milk? Only when it's the last spoon and I need it for a recipe — Best meal you ever had Any meal with family and friends is the best meal ever

Dorothy's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

These unpretentious yet intensely addictive cookies have been Dorothy’s signature treat for more than 40 years. “I adopted the recipe from a Quaker Oats box,” she says. “My kids grew up eating them, and now my grandchildren enjoy them, too.”

Using only basic ingredients, the dough comes together in no time, and the end result is perfect: a crisp and chewy, good old-fashioned cookie. 


  1. Makes about 70 2-inch cookies
  2. 1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  3. ½ teaspoon salt
  4. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  5. 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  6. 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  7. ½ cup granulated sugar
  8. 1 egg
  9. ¼ cup water
  10. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  11. 3 cups rolled oats
  12. ¾ cup chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.


In a bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.


Cream the butter and both sugars in a bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed (or by hand, using a sturdy wire whisk) until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the egg, water and vanilla extract. Fold in the flour mixture until no flour is visible.


Stir in the oats and chocolate chips and mix well.


Drop the dough by tablespoon onto the baking sheet, about 2 inches apart, and bake for about 12 minutes, until golden brown.


Dip the spoon in water prior to every scoop for an easy dough release onto the baking sheet. Substitute nuts, raisins or coconut flakes for the chocolate chips.


2 reader comments on Profile: Homemaker Dorothy Vogelsong.

Michal Martinek said:

Thanks Rick! Glad they turned out to your liking. And sorry about Miri - hope he gets better soon! M.

July 21 at 1:42 pm

Rick Perkins said:

I hardly ever bake because I don’t want to end up eating the goods with reckless abandon. But this week Miri had shoulder replacement surgery and I thought it would be healing to fill the house with the smell of baking cookies. I’m a sucker for recipes from a box and it looked easy enough and I had all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips. These are simply delicious oatmeal cookies. I did do one last minute creative interpretation. I spied some pumpkin seeds which I roasted in the oven as it was preheating on the cookie tray and folded them into the batter in lieu of the chips. Everyone liked these cookies and I was happy to be able to offer a ttreat to friends who came over to see the patient.

July 20 at 9:10 am

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