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.