I recently acquired these two cookie books…
And all I’ve been able to do is dream about cookies.
I’ve been making more cookies lately (just the standards which I love so much) and I Love, Love, Love what Betty says in her Picture Cook Book about them:
I don’t have a proper old-fashioned cookie jar but I do like having cookies in an air-tight container on my kitchen counter (as I do now).
So I couldn’t help myself when I learned about Betty’s vintage cooky book. I was drawn to it immediately and searched for one online; a used one, of course.
This Betty Crocker Cooky Book is from 1963 (First Edition First Printing) and it looks like new. I don’t know if the price sticker on the front is from 1963 though. The cover with all of the cookies just draws you to this book and there are many recipes inside.
This Woman’s Day Cookie Cook Book is from 1963, Third Printing.
It only cost 75 cents back when it was sold in ’63 which is such a bargain by today’s standards.
I’m guessing that many housewives in the 1960’s were very busy baking cookies once they retained one or both of these publications. I can only imagine how magical Christmas must have been back in that time with so many cookies coming out of mom’s oven. They can really make a home so warm and inviting especially when the smells are floating through the house as they are baking. Ah…such great memories!!
What cookies do you enjoy making and keeping in your home? Do you have a proper old-fashioned cookie jar full of cookies all of the time? Please share some of your cookie memories with me.
Chocolate chip are my most-favorite cookies and I love using milk chocolate and dark chocolate chips versus the semi-sweet; and I must use butter in the recipe! I’ve been addicted to the Nestle brand of chips because the chocolate content is better than Hershey’s (in my opinion the taste is so much better) and European chocolate is the best over anything because their number one ingredient is almost always chocolate (cocoa) versus sugar. Do you look at the ingredients listed on your chocolate chips? When you see sugar listed first you will find that the taste is just not as good as those which have the cocoa ingredients first.
(On a side-note, I love European chocolate over the American chocolate. If you haven’t tried any European chocolate you’re missing out on something very extraordinary in taste and quality. It seems like sugar has become the number one ingredient in all chocolate made in America anymore and the cocoa content is minimal.)
So many cookies…
so little time…
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.
My Mother wasn’t a huge baker but one thing she often made were her Italian Sugar Cookies and it didn’t have to be Christmas either! 🙂 I even recall that when I had to do a cooking/baking demonstration in Home Economics class in high school I chose to make these Sugar Cookies and I still enjoy making them as an adult. Often, though, I make them at Christmas but I always remember that these are my Mom’s.
Italian Sugar Cookies
Bake in 400 degree oven for approx. 10 minutes
Ingredients to make cookies
3/4 cup softened butter (I prefer unsalted)
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/4 cups flour
Cinnamon Sugar for coating rolled cookies
1/2 cup white sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon mixed together in a dish/bowl
Cream together softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
Sift together baking powder and flour and add to the creamed mixture. Blend well.
Shape dough into small balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Put on baking sheet and into preheated oven.