Thursday, October 11, 2007

Vintage Recipes - Lemon Cherry Treats

Baking is not my best skill, but I've had a request for a vintage cookie recipe. I decided to look for something easy, but different. I've found the following vintage recipe in the 1962 book, The Art of Making Good Cookies, Plain and Fancy. The original recipe called for raisins, but I've altered it slightly with dried cherries.

Lemon Cherry Treats
Yield: 4 dozen

1/2 Cup butter or margerine
3/4 Cup sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp lemon juice
grated rind of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1-3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup dried cherried (raisins, dates, figs)

  1. Cream butter with sugar.
  2. Blend in egg, lemon juice, and grated rind.
  3. Sift together dry ingredients and add, mixing until a compact dough is formed.
  4. Stir in fruit thoroughly.
  5. Form 1" balls.
  6. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  7. Flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in flour.
  8. Bake at 400 Degrees for 8-10 minutes.

My husband and I truly enjoyed these. A bit of an accomplishment for one that is known as a terrible baker. Good cook, but terrible baker.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Vintage Recipes - Peppermint Wafer Dessert

This vintage recipe is from the 1948 Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book. Sounds like a good one dessert for the winter season.

Peppermint Wafer Dessert

1/2 pound peppermint stick candy
1/2 cup light cream
1/2 tablespoon (1/2 envelope) unflavored gelatine
2 tablespoons cold water
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
19 (10 oz can) chocolate wafers

  • Crush candy; add light cream and heat in double boiler until candy dissolves.
  • Add gelatine softened in cold water.
  • Chill until partially set
  • Fold in Whipped cream.
  • Break chocolate wafers in half and stand around outside of 9 inch square cake pan.
  • Place layer of wafers on bottom of pan
  • Spread with 1/2 of gelatine mixture
  • Place another layer of chocolate wafers on top
  • Spread reamaining gelatine mixture
  • Top with wafers.
  • Chill 12 hours
Cut in squares to serve 9.

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