Dorothe Comber’s Cookies

Dorothe’s father, Walter Comber was the Oxford-trained educator brought over from England to tutor children in the Boyd Family—the family owned a very successful sawmill and much of Bobocaygeon. Later in life Walter opened Hillcroft, a private school on North Street. Dorothe taught home economics at high schools in Wingham and Port Perry. She returned to Bobcaygeon in summer, before retiring there. A devoted member of Trinity United Church, Dorothe was very interested in the community, and wrote the Amy Ellen Cosh Memorial History of the Village of Bobcaygeon in 1972 (honouring a long-time local librarian). Dorothe did not marry, but took a great interest in caring for neighbouring children, buying them ice cream and sharing her favourite cookies.


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/8 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ½ cup oats
  • ¼ cup margarine
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ lb washed seeded raisins
  • 2 eggs
  • Rind of 1 orange, very fine


  • Put raisins in a bowl, pour boiling water over them.
  • Mix margarine, brown sugar, orange rind and eggs.
  • Lift raisins from water add to above mixture and mix well.
  • If you have time, allow these moist ingredients to stand.
  • Add dry ingredients to the moist ones.
  • Grease cookie sheets very slightly with oil.
  • Using 2 teaspoons to put one dozen cookies on each sheet.
  • This recipe will make 3 dozen cookies.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 14 minutes.

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