I worked in medicine 40 years. Every Holiday a man I worked with would bring these in. I begged for years for the recipe to no avail. When he retired he gave me the recipe on the condition I would continue the tradition. I did.
Now I am retired and these are too good to be a secret so I post them here for everyone to enjoy and to continue his tradition on a larger scale.
This is the way I have always fixed my green beans. I am always asked to bring them for any pot luck. My mom always makes me make them for family gatherings. You can add potatoes to this for a variation.
My husband can't boil water, but he can make these cookies. Go figure. They are really good. My kids and husband love to eat the raw dough, so I am lucky to get half it baked. So when I say it makes 24 cookies, maybe.