School Oatmeal Cookies

Can you make out the first word in the name of the recipe?

From a box sold in Nampa, Idaho.

[Something?] School Oatmeal Cookies

2 c. butter
2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 c. sugar
4 eggs
5 c. flour
3 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. rolled oats
2 c. flaked coconut
1 c. raisins
1 c. chopped nuts

Cream butter until light and fluffy. Add brown sugar and sugar and beat until well blended; beat in eggs, one at a time.

Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture, one cup at a time. Stir in oats, coconut, raisins, and nuts.

Drop by rounded teaspoon three inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 deg. until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Cool and store in airtight container.

Makes about 10 dozen.


  1. Sue

    Could it be Wois School? Here’s a link I found:


    Can it stand for Womens Army Corps School and Hospital in Nampa, Idaho?

    • carol

      I believe you are right… the “a” in other words tends to drift upwards when connecting to other letters such as ‘c” or “k”

    • Marcia

      The Women’s Army School (long known as WACS) would have been designated as such.
      I’m with Kay. When you compare the r’s in the recipe it appears to be WORS.

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    2 c. butter
    2 c. brown sugar
    1 c. sugar
    4 eggs
    5 c. flour
    3 tsp. cinnamon
    2 tsp. baking powder
    2 tsp. baking soda
    1 tsp. nutmeg
    1/2 tsp. salt
    2 c. oats
    2 c. coconut
    1 c. raisins
    1 c. nuts, chopped
    Cream butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and brown sugar. Beat well. Beat in eggs one at a time. Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Add mixture to butter, 1 cup at a time. Stir in oats, coconut, raisins and nuts.
    Use ungreased baking pans. Drop spoonfuls of dough and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. Store in airtight containers. Makes 10 dozen.

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    • Cynthia

      Wars School Oatmeal Cookies is the name of the school.Look how the other letters are in the word Sug (ar) sugar, and see the first letter us a W, ars in sug(ars. There is the name! Google and there is your recipe and boocoodles more! LOL💋

  4. Mary K

    Looks like Wars to me when I look at the other ‘a’s and ‘r’s in the rest of the recipe they seem to match the ones in the first word.

    • Tiffany

      Same here! That is what I saw

    • Stephanie G

      Yes that’s what I see too. Could he’d child’s name been Warren & she shortened it to War’s school. I do that w mine too. I think if it was initials she would of wrote all letters seperate instead of 1 word. Hope they figured it out. 🙂 Special recipe & similar to the older version of Quaker oatmeal raisin cookies. They’ve since changed recipe & it just isn’t as great as the original 80’s version.

  5. Kelley Burke

    WOCS (Warrant Officer Candidate School) Boise, ID

  6. Jennifer

    Nors-School or Wors-school

  7. Patricia

    Wars is the word I believe. At least it looks that way if you compare to the other letters in the recipe.

  8. Reed

    I believe it says Nors that is what it looks like to me. Hope I was a help and you get an answer.

  9. Shanda Tenenbaum

    Worse school

  10. Mari

    Looks like WACS is the first word maybe . Im thinking this recipe is WWII era

  11. Carla

    Match letters from writing below it. Wois, then check to see if that School exists. If you have a date.

  12. Dorothy

    I believe it’s Wars, if you look at the recipe for similar letters, it’s what I believe it to be.

  13. Aimee

    Wois I’m thinking. Look how she carries the ‘o’ over to connect to the next letter mid word – like in coconut, and cinnamon in the instruction portion. Same with the ‘i’ in the word ‘stir’.

  14. Roxanne Willett

    Waco maybe?

  15. J Dubois

    SO IS School is like a career center. There are some in WA now in 2017. I think also MN. Just search so is lots of them come up. That’s why it’s a recipe for 10 dozen.

  16. Pam

    It looks to me like Wors. , which may be an abbreviation of Worcester…cuz if you
    look close, there appears to be a period after the s. Anyone else see it?

  17. a

    I think it is wois school.

  18. Dan

    Wace School
    Clearly or not so clearly written in Roundhand script

  19. Shelley Rogers

    Think it is short for Warwick School. Hence the shortened version War’s.

  20. Deb

    Looks like Mac’s school

  21. Kristin

    Looks like Work-school

  22. sandra

    Woss, also commonly known as Woss Lake after the nearby lake of the same name, is a small village in the Nimpkish Valley, located 75 km (47 mi) southeast of Port McNeill and 128 km (80 mi) north of Campbell River on Highway 19, in northeastern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The estimated population of Woss and the Nimpkish Valley is 200. The town of Woss lies about 3 km north of Woss Lake, a long, narrow lake stretching about 10 km in a primarily north-south direction with a maximum width of about one km, the southern portion of which is part of Woss Lake Provincial Park.

    Woss is a member municipality of the Regional District of Mount Waddington, which also includes Alert Bay, Port Alice, Port McNeill, Hyde Creek, Coal Harbour, Holberg, Malcolm Island, Quatsino and Port Hardy. Woss has regular telephone service, and acquired cellular phone services in early 2016. Woss had one elementary school for many years, that was closed up after its 2015-2016 school year.

    Until the mid 1960s, Woss was accessible only by rail from Beaver Cove on the Englewood Railway. During this time, most of the loggers were housed in bunkhouses heated with wood-fired steam. One of the original steam powered locomotives is currently used as a working tourist attraction. Nearby Woss Lake is the main summer recreational playground for Woss residents and the original community campground at the lake is now Woss Lake Provincial Park.

    Tage Wickstrom, the school principal until his death in 1986, built the only 440 dirt oval track and field on the north island at his school in Woss. For many years Woss Lake School hosted all of the track and field competitions for School District #85 which included communities from Woss to Port Hardy. The track and field are now known as the “Tage Wickstrom Track and Field” in honour of the educator who built them.

  23. Brenda

    WOCS Western Oklahoma Christian School

  24. Margy

    War’s if you compare the letters to others in the recipe.

  25. Wanda Day

    The first word is Wars if you look at it really close magnified you can tell the first letter is a W wri%en the way my mother inlaw wrote and if you look at the ingriedents like sugar the a is written the same as the first word in the title of what the recipe is its Wars School Oatmeal Cookies

  26. Roberta

    By looking at the other hand writing in the recipe….I come up with.. mars….the rs look the same and so does the letters and ss…that’s what I come up with….

  27. Jan

    Looks like WOCS = Warrant Officer Candidate School in Boise, Idaho.

  28. Barbara Jean

    i would say Nois, like in IlliNOIS, the state of.

  29. Bill Bailey

    Moss, Idaho in between Nampa and Caldwell.
    No school(s) there now, but the location is right for where the box was found.

  30. Roxanne

    The first word is NORS-National Outbreak Reporting System. It is a food cook train jk by program highly used before the 1980’s by school cafeteria staff on preventing salmonella. They also would provide recipes to schools that had a lower possibilities of cross contamination.

  31. Carey Warey

    Typo in my previous message … I think it’s Wois that’s in Rochester MN

  32. Mary

    Looks like my moms handwriting. “Nors” which means “north” i do believe.

  33. Zoelv

    I agree with W a c s.
    Lots of interesting guesses though.

  34. Christina

    Could it be like WORC? – Warrant Officer Candidate School (US Army)

  35. Cleo smith

    The answer to your question is. Mary is correct is nors short for north high school.

  36. Eva Willis

    MOSS … McCalls Outdoor Science School. Nampa area. Outdoor learning experiences K-12

  37. Teresa

    Moss’ School

  38. Christie

    As in mars bars

  39. Terry

    Wass . If you Google Wass school oatmeal cookies this recipe comes up on website

  40. Lenore

    Old School Oatmeal Cookies

  41. Judi Turner

    I also thought “Moss” as the first word.

  42. Judi Turner

    Love the recipe.

  43. Dar P

    Nampa, ID … decision making skills in Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)

  44. Bea

    This is actually the WASS SCHOOL Recipe from

  45. Dennis

    Mars. There is a Mars Area School.

  46. Freda

    (Something?) School Oatmeal Cookies
    First letter is ‘W’. The cursive W my mother taught me many decades ago. Hard to declare without doubt that it’s Woss, Wors, Wass or Wars based on image on 2” iPhone screen. Histories quoted gives likelihood to couple suggestion. Assume you’ve approached local universities seeking assistance deciphering/ analyzing word.

  47. lel lella

    The first letter is either a “W” or “N”–it’s not an “M”–you can see the difference if you look at the “m” on the next line.

  48. Shelley

    I think it might be Woes school which stands for white oak elementary school.

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