Peanut Drop Cookies

A drop cookie is a dough that is dropped from a spoon onto the baking sheet. These days, I use a scoop that looks like a mini ice cream scoop because it gives me a perfectly rounded ball of dough. But as I was learning to bake from my mother, we used two spoons – … Continue reading

Jelly Roll

Here’s another scan that has a bonus recipe. Jelly Roll seemed awfully short so I thought it included the information below it, which is in fact a recipe for a Graham Torte. A jelly roll is also known as a Swiss roll cake – the beautiful spiral rolled cakes that feature so prominently on the … Continue reading

Devils Food Cake

I keep meaning to make Devils Food Cake, but since I don’t bake a lot of cakes I haven’t gotten around to it…yet. One day it will happen! In this particular recipe there is the notation for “scant” amounts. This means just slightly less than the full measure. And since it isn’t quantified, you really … Continue reading

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 … 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 … Continue reading

Lazy Daisy Cake

There is an “old fashioned” way of writing a recipe and a “new” way. This is an example of the old fashioned way. It lists the ingredients inline with the instructions and you have to read it to identify what you need for the cake. I see this format in recipes written before 1910, although … Continue reading

Chow Mein Hot Dish

Chow Mein as a hot dish is not something I would have expected, but this recipe from an old notebook delivers the goods. Chow mein is often confused with chop suey – both dishes have a vegetable mix and sometimes meat included. The difference is noodles vs rice, and the fact that chow mein is