I purchased a vintage cookie cookbook in 2015 while cruising through a consignment shop. The book was marked at $10.00 but I happened to be there when all cookbooks in that particular stall were 50% off and I decided to purchase it. It has been a cool find!
The book is from 1965. And just viewing the cover pulls you in and yet takes you back in time.
As I sat down to stroll through the pages I came across many unique features and entries among them.
I love purchasing used vintage cookbooks because they tell a unique story. There are almost always written notes among the pages and sometimes clipped recipes are used for page markers. On the inside on the first printed page are someone’s notes marking her favorites so she would know exactly where to turn for these constant-makes.
This page also tells me who published the book as well as indicating that it was from 1965 (MCMLXV).
I also found that the First Ladies of the time period had submitted their favorites. This includes the First Lady of the White House at that time: Ms. Lyndon B. Johnson.
I think that it is so cool that so many Women in Washington shared cookie recipes from their own kitchens which they made for their own families.
I had also found a recipe in the book from a woman who shares the same name as my one sister-in-law and the last name is quite unique. I have given a copy of that page to my sister-in-law and my husband’s family found it so cool as well (and we know that it isn’t my sister-in-law who submitted that recipe since she wasn’t born until 1970 anyway!).
There were some other unique recipes which I didn’t know about until I found them in these pages.
Here is one of them:
If there is anyone reading this who remembers these cookies or a story about them, I’d love to hear it.
And as this particular recipe shows you, there were notes as well on other recipes to tell you a little history about it. I think that is a cool feature too.
There truly are over 500 cookie recipes in this little ‘gem’ which I’ve found and I’ve tried a few. I think that once the weather gets cooler I will venture into a few more to add to my repertoire.