Old Fashioned Treasure Chest Cookies


This 19th century recipe uses simple ingredients found in the kitchen cupboard. Back in the day, home bakers didn’t have the luxury of running out to the store for extra chocolate or dried exotic fruits, so whatever was in the cupboard that day would be added into this tasty recipe. These cookies are perfect for long trips, because they’re easily stored for a long period of time… much like we’re doing for our Tall Ships 1812 Tour.

Treasure Chest Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 cup (225 g) butter
  • 1 cup (225 g) Redpath Golden Yellow Sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups (565 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (5 g) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (2 g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) warm water
  • 2 cups cups (450 g) add-ins (raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, etc)

How to prepare:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a bowl cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.


3. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.



4. Stir in about a third of the flour mixture into the butter mixture, then mix in half of the warm water. Continue to alternate mixing in the flour & water, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until everything has been incorporated, being careful not to overmix.



5. Stir in your choice of add-ins. You can use whatever delicious treasures you find in your kitchen cupboards, like chocolate, nuts, dried fruits, or even candies. We’d love to hear what delicious things you put in your cookies!



6. Using a spoon, place spoonfuls of batter onto the cookie sheet and bake for 12 – 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!