This poor cookbook has seen better days. Its very well loved and used still. It was my grandmother’s originally and I honestly don’t remember making too many cookie recipes besides those in these pages. I can remember many Christmas’s past were our all day cooking marathons involved nothing more than the pages of this book.
This book is a 1975 publication by Better Homes and Gardens. There are various subjects in this book series but I know that, at least in my family, this is the only one that mattered!! I honestly think my family has made every single recipe in this book as I can distinctly remember what each and every recipe tastes like.
*I apologize for the lighting in some of these pictures. For some reason I couldn’t get it just right. I’ll do better next time. I promise.
More after the jump…
Bar cookies: Fig, Raisin-filled, Chocolate chip, Caramel-coconut and Apple Spice. All of these are fantastic!
My mom can’t bake regular cookies (she *ALWAYS* burns them, no matter what) so when I was little she made bar cookies instead…this page saw a lot of action.
Holiday cookies: Lemon bars, Raspberry bars, Black Walnut Fingers, Cherry Almond, Chewy Noels, and Almond Sugar Strips. Another page that saw heavy action – hey, lemon and raspberry bars are to die for!!
Brownies: Marble Fudge, Mint Swirl (yum!), Saucepan Fudge, Buttermilk (again yum!), Pound Cake, Cheese-Marbled (cheesecake swirl), and Semisweet Frosted. Another heavy action page!! I adore brownies with a passion!!
Refridgerator cookies: Sugar-Pecan Crisps, Cinnamon Nut Slices, Cherry-Pecan Gems, Vanilla Sugar Slices, Oatmeal Refrigerator Cookies, Orange Refrigerator Cookies, Gumdrop Cookies, Giner-Molasses Crisps, and Health Cookies (hippy type cookies with wheat germ and peanut oil).
Christmas cookies: Konjakskransar, Florentines, Uppakrakakor, Ragkakor, Pfeffernuesse, Holiday Peppernuts, and Letterbanket. All the European ones.
More Christmas cookies: Festive Tassies, Kringla, Krumkake, and Santa’s Whiskers (some of my favorites!!)
Tea cookies: Prune Bars (which are very good), Cherry Cherry Cookies, Jam Thumbprints and Mexican Mocha Balls.
Basically an entire page convincing you to give cookies as gifts. WTF? I mean seriously, they are cookies! Everyone loves cookies!!
Information on which cookies make the best gifts and which ones travel the best, complete with page number for easy reference.
How to cut your cookies/brownies and how many to ship in a given size container. Very handy!! I’ve used this for everything!!