Aunt Lil’s Kisses

I decided to try another of Aunt Lil’s recipes from her hand written cookbook. First one I opened to was called Kisses. It was obvious when reading the recipe it was a meringue cookie, but had two rather strange elements to it. You baked the meringue on top of something she called butter thins.  I [...] Read more »

Aunt Lil’s Butterscotch Sticks

I’ve had my eye on Aunt Lil’s recipe called Butterscotch Sticks for a while. I just needed to find a similar recipe that gave me a few more directions before trying them. While thumbing through my King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion I came across Vintage Butterscotch Bars. Voila – an almost identical recipe to Aunt [...] Read more »

Convict Cookies from the Pillsbury Bake-Off

Hopefully this title caught some people’s attention. And yes, it says convict as in convicted criminal. Read on to learn how an innocent 13-year-old won a prize in the 1952 Bake-Off and then went on to a life of crime. I needed to make cookies for an event where I work. I decided to try [...] Read more »

Holly Hermit Cookies for Christmas

I needed to bring something to two different parties yesterday, so I decided to try Holly Hermits from the Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cook Book, 1959. I found this well-loved book at a church rummage sale in the free pile. Score! Whoever owned it before me really loved this book as many pages are [...] Read more »

Gooseberry Patch Christmas Cookies

Luckily for me, the next two cookbooks pulled from our shelves were Christmas editions from the Gooseberry Patch franchise. Luckily in that they are Christmas themed, and I had been wanting to bake come cookies. Yes, in a moment of strange desire I had purchased three Gooseberry Patch Christmas books from a used bookstore in [...] Read more »

The Real Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie

In December I entered the King Arthur/Historic Deerfield Heritage Cooking Contest. While the judges were sampling all our goodies, Dede Wilson from Bakepedia talked about the history of Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies. She also went through the measuring, mixing, and portioning process, but more on that later. As a food history geek, I of [...] Read more »

Captain Kidd’s Treasure Cookies

I recently purchased a huge stash of vintage cook books from a yard sale. Among the finds was this 1964 Let’s Bake The Robin Hood ‘No-Sift’ Way. The date is a bit later than I like, but I couldn’t resist since Robin Hood is one of my husband’s favorite literary characters.   Robin Hood flour [...] Read more »

World War II Cookies – Peanut Rocks

As I get ready for my talk in two weeks, I’ve been experimenting with different recipes. I’ve promised everyone that samples will be provided! My first attempt at molasses cookies was awful (though Dan liked them). But I have to remember these recipes may not turn out as good as I’d like. Sugar substitutes and [...] Read more »

Snowball Cookies for a Snow Day

Like most of the northeast we had our first blizzard of the year today. Here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire we got about a foot of beautiful snow. Which made it a perfect day for Dan to make his favorite holiday cookie from his childhood, Snowball Cookies. These wonderful delights are also known [...] Read more »

Potato Chip Cookies – Vintage But Still Modern

There’s a new craze for salty, sweet foods in America, so it wasn’t surprising that the June/July issue of Cook’s Country Magazine featured a Potato Chip Cookie recipe. I knew this was a vintage-style recipe, and I was intrigued to try it. Potato Chips themselves have a fascinating history going back to the 1850s in [...] Read more »

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