The Sippican Woman’s Club has had a Holiday House Tour since 1984. The House Tour is the primary source of revenue for the yearly scholarships given to Marion students. However, this year due to the pandemic, there will be no House Tour. We thought we could celebrate Christmas and our past club members by sharing their Christmas Cookie recipes every week until Christmas.
Our second installment remembers Nancy Wickenden, who became a member in the 1940s and was active in the club in many roles, including president, until her death in 2012 at the age of 97. Nancy was the wife of James Wickenden, the long-serving Headmaster of Tabor Academy.
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
½ cup chopped walnuts
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup chocolate bits
½ cup plus 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Sift flour, and then sift again with baking powder and salt. Mix in brown sugar. Stir in vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla. Add nuts and chocolate bits. Bake in a 9×13 pan at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.