Today we have a fairly labor intensive cookie that sounds delicious! I always tend to stay away from any cookies that say “roll out” because invariably the dough will stick to my rolling pin (not enough flour) or will dry out (too much flour). I always have bad luck with rolled cookies. It will take some time for me to work up the fortitude to try this one, for that very reason.
I’ve heard the name Jesse Beck, and I think she might have been a neighbor. I’ll have to ask my mother, but yes, I think I’ve seen her name in other contexts.
Also, pet milk is evaporated milk. Pet Milk is the brand name of the first commercially stable shelf milk, introduced in the 1920s. The company history is pretty interesting and I encourage you to check it out over at Wikipedia. Did you know the same company that made Pet Milk also owned Progresso and Old El Paso? Me neither!
Candy Bar Cookies (Jesse Beck)
(Uses 1 small can of Pet Milk)
(Makes 5 doz tiny size)
3/4 c butter
3/4 c powdered sugar
Cream butter and sugar together
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp Pet milk
1/4 tsp salt
Add and cream at high speed
Reduce speed & add 2 c sifted flour. Chill dough. Roll out very thin, cut with small cutter. Bake 325, 16 minutes +/- on ungreased sheet.
Melt 28 (1/2 pound) light colored Kraft caramels with 1/4 c Pet milk in double boiler. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 c butter & 1 c sifted conf. sugar. Put a dab on a cookie, then cover with another.
Melt 1 6 oz pkg Nestle’s chocolate chips with 1/3 c Pet milk in same double boiler (need not wash it). Stir in 2 tbsp butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 c sifted powdered sugar. Place a dab of icing on each cookie & top with a pecan.