Icebox Date Nut Cookies

Make ahead cookie dough and bake the next day. The buttery cookie is soft and chocked full of bits of dates and walnuts. Make the cookie dough the day before and roll into 6 inch logs. Refrigerate over night to slice and bake the next day. This cookie recipe was popular after WWII and calls…

Cranberry Toffee Refrigerator Cookies

Wonderful crispy toffee ice box cookie with a modern twist of dried cranberries and chocolate chips. Refrigerator cookies became popular after WWII when electric refrigerators became a modern marvel and housewives found wonderful ways to utilize it to help prepare food. The time that this cookie rests in the refrigerator develops the flavors and texture….

Old Henry Bars

This recipe was given to me when I was in Girl Scouts in the 1950’s. We traded cookie recipes to put together a recipe note book. It was part of a badge we were working on. Eventually several of the cookie recipes made into my mom’s recipe box. I later copied them for myself. I…

Pistachio Cookies (Small Batch)

A fun cookie to make and quick to make. It only takes a few ingredients and most of them you will have on hand. The recipe uses a small box of instant pistachio pudding mix, biscuit mix, oil, egg and a snack size bag of shelled pistachios. It makes between 12 to 18 cookies depending…

Old Fashion Sugar Tea Cakes

PA Dutch Recipe: Sugar Cakes-Era 1800’s This is another recipe that was handed down to me by a family member many decades ago. It is a wonderful soft cookie that is easy to make. You must use butter because you want a buttery flavor to the cookie. Also margarine will make the cookie spread and…

English Toffee Easy Microwave Recipe

I have been making this recipe for the last 20 years and it is so easy. The recipe came from Karo Syrup. I clipped it from a magazine ad featuring recipes using Karo Light Syrup. The ingredients are sugar, butter, corn syrup, chocolate chips and chopped almonds. I have a grandchild that can’t have nuts…

Old Fashion Prunella Quick Bread

Over the years I have seen recipes in old cookbooks for Prunella Cakes and Breads.  It is a recipe that doesn’t show up in modern cookbooks.  Originally prunes were chopped and added to the batter but this is a version that was popular in the mid 20th century made from using 2 jars of plum…

Blueberry and Banana Muffins

This is a recipe that I have made since I was young.  It came out of a vintage Betty Crocker Cookbook.  It make 12 muffins.  The recipe is easy to make and only uses one banana and a cup of blueberries.  It is topped with a crumb topping and colored sugar sprinkles before baking.  The…

Frosted Cashew Cookies

The butter drop cookie is full of cashews and frosted with a brown butter icing.  I got this recipe in the early 1980’s when I bought a money raising cookbook.  I have been making these cookies ever since.  It is a perfect cookie for holiday baking and will get you many compliments.     

Basil Butter Pats

Make pretty little herbed butter pats to dress up a special meal.  They are easy to do and you can mold them in silicon ice cube or candy trays.  The trays are inexpensive and are found with seasonal items at hobby and craft stores.  I have a selection of them that I collected over the…