My uncle gave me the rolling pin years ago; he said it belonged to my grandmother, who was born in 1891.
A Betty Crocker recipe from the 1940's - "Caramel Refrigerator Cookies." (Original recipe from “Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book”.) I found the recipe here, from Laura in Idaho.
As I mixed the dough, the ingredients reminded me of chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips. But the flavor of the baked cookies is not that of chocolate chip cookies sans chocolate chips.
Sliced 1/8 inch thick, they are crunchy; sliced 1/4 inch thick, they are chewy. I have decided to describe them as caramelized brown sugar. There's something about the cookies that makes you want 'just one more.'