Peanut Squares / Mocha Frosting

I am pretty sure these two recipes are supposed to work together. There aren’t actually any peanuts in the top recipe, and the lower one references chopped peanuts, so there you go. They don’t seem to be a peanut butter cookie (which is one of my weaknesses), but are in fact a sugar cookie topped with mocha frosting and rolled in peanuts. I will not be making these because I’m sure I’ll just sit right down and eat them all. :-)

Occasionally, I get an email from a site reader asking that I provide a method, pictures, and a review of the recipes I post. I agree, that would be nice, but that isn’t what this site is about. While there are sometimes reviews of recipes, this isn’t a recipe review site. I don’t make all the recipes either because I just don’t have the time or the desire to have sweets around the house (read, I’d love to have sweets around the house, but I really should not for my health’s sake, lol). Many of the recipes I find have no method, and that’s part of the fun, isn’t it? Women have a different set of priorities than they did 100 years ago. We work, we raise kids, we coach baseball and soccer teams, lead Girl Scout troops, direct the church choir, etc etc etc. Our forebears had a lot of “cooks own knowledge” that helped them in the kitchen. They knew the best methods from years of practical experience, and so it wasn’t necessary to write things down. This particular recipe comes from the Girl’s Trade School book – which suggests the lady went to school for household management. A home-ec class in high school is a far cry from a semester of household management 5 days a week, isn’t it?! Anyway, the recipes are what they are, and I present them to you, warts and all. I hope that you continue to enjoy them, and if you do make a recipe from this site, send me a review! I’d happily post it and share your experiences with everyone else.

Peanut Squares

1/2 c butter

1 c sugar

1 c milk

2 c flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

3 egg whites

Bake 375 from 20 to 25 minutes

Mocha Frosting

1 tablespoon butter

2 c powdered sugar

3 tablespoons strong cold coffee

2 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla

Roll in chopped peanuts

Boston Cream Pie

Today’s newspaper clipping is similar to others found in “the very old book” that was originally tagged the Girl’s Trade School. I tried doing a little searching to find the Girl’s Trade School in Wisconsin, but google thinks I’m looking for “girl’s grade school” even though I’m not. Sigh. I’ll keep after it in my spare time. Continue reading

Pecan Squares

My mom makes these really yum pecan muffins that taste more like a cookie. I love pecan pie. It’s safe to say I will probably try these Pecan Squares at some point. :-) There isn’t much of a method here. Let’s assume to cream the sugar and butter, add the flour and baking powder, then the wet ingredients, finishing with the nuts. Continue reading

Cherry Chocolate Cake

From Fond du Lac, WI we have a newspaper clip with a recipe for Cherry Chocolate Cake. I can’t deny, the cherry chocolate combination is one of my favorites! There’s something about the sweet chocolate and fruity cherry that is just lovely. Unfortunately, the damage to this old book has destroyed one of the corners of the clipping and we can’t see exactly how much sugar was originally intended. Continue reading

Almond Cookies

Here’s a little corner of the page with a recipe for Almond Cookies. Note there is no method and no baking information. I will list my best guess below the ingredients and please add your own as a comment if you have a different method. Continue reading

Graham Muffins

Not to be confused with Graham Crackers, this recipe is for Graham Muffins. You might think it would involve crushing Graham Crackers, but in fact there is something called Graham Flour. I learned something new today! Graham flour was named for Reverend Sylvester Graham in the 19th century. He was an advocate for healthy eating and felt that the over processing of ingredients was leading to the ill health of his peers. Continue reading

Mystery Potato Recipe

There’s no more information with this recipe, and I really have no idea what it would make. It sure looks like the title is “Potatoes” but then the ingredient list starts with butter & sugar. I’m reminded of a recipe I have for Mashed Potato Cream Eggs – which are actually chocolate coated candy for Easter. So, I do wonder Continue reading