Mom's Cookies

Our mom was a prodigious baker – and she didn’t even know how to cook when she got married! For the holidays, she steadily filled big metal Old Dutch potato chip cans with cookies of all kinds. They were stashed away, and we kids were supposed to keep out of them until she needed them for entertaining, to take with us to dinners and coffee times, and to share at Ladies’ Aid meetings, for school and Sunday school parties and the like.

The cookies we could eat, with permission, were kept in this Owl cookie jar, which was given as a Jewel Tea promotion in the forties. It matched her Forties kitchen, white cabinets with red and black linoleum floors and countertops, and white appliances.  I used to think that she might have painted the trim on the owl, until we found them, although infrequently, at yard sales and flea markets, painted the same way.
We hope you’ll bake a few cookies and make some memories for your family.


  1. My great grandma Myrtle had one of the Owl cookie jars in her kitchen. Yours is in the best shape of any I've ever seen!

  2. I have a cookie jar just like yours, but the paint is not in as good of shape. I didn't know it was a Jewel Tea item and have been told it could be McCoy pottery. Nevertheless, I love it!

  3. Worthpoint (see link below) shows several of these cookie jars...all listed as a promotional item from Jewel Tea. Our mom purchased from Jewel Tea, as did many homemakers of her era - so I suspect they are right in this case. There are owl cookie jars from McCoy too.


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