Gingerbread Cookies – Egg Free

Young chef

Young chef

This may or may not be a vintage recipe, but I wanted to share all the same.  There are lots of people who like gingerbread but can’t have it when made with eggs. This happens to be my mother’s gingerbread recipe and it is egg free. My 7 year old daughter made these recently with only my basic supervision. They are very easy!


Gingerbread Cookies – Egg Free

1 stick unsalted butter, soft
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
1/2 cup dark molasses
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cloves
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
Optional – shake of pepper

Blend butter & sugar until creamy. Beat in molasses. Sift flour with soda, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and salt, then add to butter mixture with 1/4 cup water. If too stiff ad a little more water.

Lightly knead dough until smooth and divide into three parts. Grease the bottom of a cookie sheet, then roll out dough to just less than 1/4″ – thinner will be too crisp. Bake at 350 for 8 – 10 minutes.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
Few drops of water
Food coloring

Combine sugar and water until it is a thick, smooth paste. Add food color as desired. Place into a plastic sandwich bag, then cut off the tip of one corner to make a pastry bag. The less you cut, the finer the tip.

All decorated, yum!

All decorated, yum! Yes we used some premade icing, too. It was late. :-)

Sprit Cookies

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Are these “sprite” cookies? Or “spirit” cookies? Or “spritz” cookies?

One of the challenges of handwritten recipes is that sometimes they come with spelling errors, mistakes and other little foibles that come along with being human. It also makes it part of the fun! This recipe is for spritz cookies, those not-too-sweet butter cookies that are so popular around Christmas time. They are also called press cookies because you press the soft dough through a cookie press, making it into various shapes, and then they can be decorated or left alone.

The name originates from the German Spritzgebäck, which is a traditional German Christmas cookie. They are dry, fragile and delicious. The verb spritzen translates as “to squirt” and so, we have squirted or pressed cookies.


Just like Mom’s – borrowed image from Burford Designs

Cookie presses are still very popular, but I have fond memories of the Mirro press we used when I was a kid. My sister has it now – I have a new fangled one made of plastic with a trigger. The old style ones have a twisting screw that drives the press and forces the dough out the tip. While the new ones also have the twisting screw, they use a trigger to drive it. I don’t have a preference of one style over the other, except to say that the memories are better with the Mirro. With both types, I recommend letting your cookie pans cool thoroughly before you press more dough onto them. Warm pans seem to prevent the dough from sticking enough to release it from the press.

Sprit(z) Cookies

1 cup butter – part Crisco

1 cup powdered sugar

1 egg yolk

2 T sweet cream

2 1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp almond

Bake 350


Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies, yum

Oatmeal Cookies, yum

These sound like a lovely cookie that would be delicious warm out of the oven. You could add raisins if you like. If you use Bob’s Red Mill or other certified gluten free oatmeal, these could be a delicious gluten free treat!

Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 c shortening

1 1/4 c sugar

2 eggs

6 T molasses

1 3/4 c flour

1 tsp soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

Stir in 2 cups oatmeal

Bake 350

Molasses Cookies

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We called these molasses crinkles

We call these cookies Molasses Crinkles, and we make them all year round, but most often at the holidays. I think because they are like a spice/gingerbread cookie, they suit the autumn and winter months quite well. They are delicious – especially warm out of the oven. Yum!

Also, here’s a reminder that I have an entire page of Vintage Holiday Recipes compiled from all the recipes I have posted over the years. If there are any you think are missing, just let me know and I’ll find them! Great recipes for fruit cakes, pies and even cocktail party foods are all on one page.

There’s also a page for Reader Requests, where you can post a question about a lost recipe. The vintage recipe community is growing, and hopefully someone will recognize what you are looking for and provide the answer!

Molasses Cookies

3/4 c shortening

1 c brown sugar

1/2 c white sugar

1 egg

4 T molasses

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp soda

1/2 tsp cloves

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

Chill dough. roll in sugar and bake, 350 10 minutes

Jello Frosting

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I’m not so sure about this one

I’m not entirely sure about this recipe for Jello Frosting. The idea is interesting – a whipped cream frosting with a Jello flavor added to it, but to me it sounds horrible. However, I don’t like whipped cream frosting to start with, so there’s that.

Jello Frosting

1 pt cream whipped

1 pkg Jello

1/2 c powdered sugar


Whip cream partially – add jello and sugar. Finish whipping

Choc. Frostings

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Choc. Frostings

I bet you thought I had forgotten all about this little site, possibly mothballed it, or otherwise lost interest. BUT, in reality, I just had to take a step back and reprioritize. I realized I was trying to keep up with four blogs, Girl Scouts, volunteering at school, work, family, etc., and something had to give. Even though this site was the one that really kicked me off into my blogging life, I felt it would be strong enough to run by itself for a while. And it has! In the almost year that I took off, there has not been a significant reduction in visitors on a daily basis. That makes me very proud! We are doing something right, friends!

This recipe comes from the red notebook I have been working through. I have about 40 more recipes scanned and I’ll be trying to post once or twice a week for you. I’m not sure why this is a plural of frosting….frostings. That doesn’t make sense to me, but it could have been just an error when it was jotted down in the book.

Choc. Frostings

1 cup sugar

1 square chocolate

1/3 c milk – part cream

1 tsp vanilla

Pinch salt


Boil 3 minutes. Take off stove and beat until thick enough to spread.

Brown Baggin’ It Food Truck

Quite some time back, I posted about a side project cooking up the sample food for a food truck project. At the time, the owner was still pulling together everything, including getting the sample dishes made and photographed for her menu. A large group of locals spent a few hours in their kitchens making up the goods, and boy do they all sound delicious! I made Tequila Shrimp Quesadillas and Tequila Corn Chowder. Other items on the menu are Pulled Pork and Coleslaw with mango bourbon BBQ sauce, whiskey sugar flank steak, and many more. I’m not the best photographer but the items I made looked really delicious!



Just this morning I learned that the project is almost ready to go live! The Brown Baggin’ It food truck will be geared toward high school and college students at lunch time, and feature low priced, nutritious foods that are the kind of things young people like to eat – burritos, pizza, tacos, etc. There will also be a night time menu geared toward adults, and that will continue to be low priced / nutritious, but also will bring in the dishes with some alcohol ingredient.

Not only will the food be a decent, viable and nutritious option for students, but it will give back 50% of the truck profits to a local charity. Who does that anymore?

The sticking point is FUNDING. Food trucks are expensive. The owner has asked that the word go out asking for backers. Any donation is wonderful! Please click through to the Indiegogo page to learn more about the goals of this business and the motivation behind it, as well as to please and pretty please make a donation to help purchase the truck. Having eaten institutional school lunches on occasion, I can attest that anything is better than what the nice lunch lady in her hairnet is going to serve (apologies to any lunch lady reading).

Brown Baggin’ It Food Truck Funding Page CLICK IT, you know you want to!

Once the truck is funded, students in the Fullerton, CA area can look forward to something better than McDonalds or Del Taco for lunch, and at food truck meet ups, grown ups in SoCal will enjoy some of the finer dishes made with spirits. Can you say strawberry mojito tacos? I sure can!