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Granny’s recipes: Million dollar cookies

21 Oct

The title is hilarious because this recipe is from before 1970 – could be as early as the 1930s. So in today’s terms with inflation, would it be “billion dollar cookies”? OK, according to the Googs, a million dollars in 1970 is worth about $6.7 million dollars today. But calling these “6.7 million dollar cookies” is too wordy. So million dollar cookies it is.

This was one of the recipes that had very little directions. The directions are literally “Drop by teaspoon, then flatten with fork. Bake 350 degrees.”

Wow, helpful, Granny. Thanks.

But, most cookie recipes follow the same pattern, so I did that here. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, add flour, add nuts. Drop on cookie sheet (greased? ungreased? I went with ungreased since they had so much butter in them).  Bake how long? I started at 8 minutes and keep checking.

They turned out pretty good. They’re a little overdone on the bottom, but the tops needed longer to bake. So I’m not sure how to fix that. So just be forewarned.

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Million dollar (aka 6.7 million dollar) cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2.5 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350. Cream together butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Add flour and baking soda and mix well. Stir in walnuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until tops are set.

Granny’s recipes: Spice cake

18 Oct

So you know my parents recently downsized. In going through their stuff prior to their move, they cleaned out a lot of stuff. A LOT. My dad found a packet of papers that turned out to be a whole bunch of recipes his mother had typed out. For who, we’re not sure. But it was such a treasure trove. She died when I was two, so I never really knew her. But my dad was super close to her, and apparently she was an awesome baker. So I was excited to get a copy of her recipes.

You know I like to bake, so I’ve decided to go through the book and try some. A lot of them are not well written, so it’ll be interesting to see how this goes.

To start, I chose a spice cake. The directions were mostly there, so I figured it was an easy one to start with. Some things were weird in the directions though…like dissolve the baking soda in the milk before adding to the batter and adding the milk after the flour. Still, I figured she knew what she was doing, so I just went on faith. When it was cool, I frosted it with a frosting recipe from her stack as well. And then I tried it. I thought it was amazing, the most flavorful spice cake I’ve ever made.

So I’m excited to try more of her recipes. Stay tuned…I’ll be sure to post them here!

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Spice Cake
4 tbsp shortening (I used butter)
1.5 cups sugar
2 eggs
4 tbsp molasses
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp each cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg
1.5 cups sour milk or buttermilk
1.5 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup nuts

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 pan. Cream shortening and sugar together. Add eggs and beat good with a mixing spoon. (I used my trusty stand mixer for the whole recipe.) Add molasses and mix well. Add flour and spices and mix well. Add baking soda to milk and dissolve; add milk mixture to batter and mix well. Stir in raisins and nuts. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake about 35 minutes or until done. (The recipe calls for baking it for 45 minutes, but that’s before ovens became powerful. I baked it for about 40 and the edges were overdone. So I’d start checking it at 25 minutes.)

Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1.75-2 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter and brown sugar together over low heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes while stirring constantly. Add milk and stir constantly until it comes to a boil. Cool until lukewarm. Add powdered sugar and mix well. If it gets too hard, add a few drops of hot water.

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