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Cookies from the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's.
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A collection of vintage cookies from the past.

My treasure hunts are interesting choices of old recipes from the 40's,
50's, and 60's.
Who doesn't love the cookie?  

I found these oven sweets like
chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal,
granny's best cookies from the past.  Check all the cookie pages out.
Czechoslovakian Strawberry Bars

1/2 lb. butter
2 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup strawberry jam
Cream butter until soft, add sugar
gradually and beat until light and fluffy.  
Add egg yolks and blend well.  
Gradually add flour, mixing well.  Stir in
chopped walnuts and spoon half the
batter into greased 10 inch square
pan.  Spread jam over.  Then spread
on remaining batter.  Bake 325 degrees
about 1 hour.  Cut into 1 x 2 inch
Ring Around Cookie

Mix together: 3/4 cup soft shortening, 1/4 cup
soft butter, 1 cup sifted powder sugar, 2 t. vanilla

Mix in 1 1/4 cup flour (1 cup is enough), 1/2 t
salt, 1 cup rolled oats.

Divide in halves and roll 1 1/2 inch in diameter.  
Slice 1/4 inch.  Bake 12 to 15 minutes in 350 oven
Date Bars
by Hazel DeMeyer

Beat well with beater - 3 eggs and 1
cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 cup dates (cut fine)
1 cup flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp vanilla
Mix as given with spoon. Bake 20
minutes in 350 oven in a  9 x 13″
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Caramel Morsel Bars

49 - 14 ounce bag - caramels
3 Tablespoons water
5 cups crisp rice cereal or toasted oat cereal.
1 cup peanuts
1 - six ounce package or  cup of semi sweet real
chocolate morsels
1 six ounce package or 1 cup butterscotch
flavored morsels

Melt caramels with water in saucepan over low
heat.  Stir frequently until sauce is smooth.  Pour
over cereal and nuts.  Toss until well coated. With
greased fingers, press mixture into greased 13 x
9 inch baking pan.  Sprinkle morsels on top.  Place
in 200 degree oven for five minutes or until
morsels soften. Spread softened morsels until
blended to form a frosting.  Cool cut into bars.
Aunt Mary's Hand  Cookies

1/2 cup shortening - half butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 2/3 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup dairy sour cream

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix
shortening, sugar, egg, and vanilla.  
Blend in remaining ingredients.  Divide
dough into 3 parts.  Roll each part 1/4
inch on floured board.  Trace around
child's hand with a pastry wheel.  Cut
remaining dough into desired shapes.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes.  Cool.  Decorate
as desired.  About six hand cookies
and one dozen 2" cookies if using self
rising flour and omit soda, salt, and

I thought this was a cute idea, to
make cookies in the shape of your
childrens hands.  Great girl scout, 4 H,
Church Vacation School or any group  
idea for baking in the kitchen.
Filled Cookies

This recipe belonged to Marie Cydrus, my
Aunt and  a very nice lady. This was a recipe
she used often in the 1950's and 60's.

She doesn't include complete instructions.
For instance, she did not include the
temperature for baking.

Nor did she say you would need to cut the
cookies into a round shape after you "roll
out" and before you "bake".

Sometimes when they would write a recipe
down, they just took for granted that
everyone knew how to bake, what
temperatures to use, and what to do before
filling a cookie. And back then, they did.

I know the recipe isn't complete, but I didn't
want what there was to be lost forever. I
know a real cook will know what to do.

Filled Cookies

2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup shortening
1 Cup milk
2 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
2 tsp Soda
4 tsp Cream of Tartar

Enough flour to make a soft dough. Roll out
and bake.


1 Cup raisins or dates
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Cook until thick
No Bake Cookies

Mix in pan on medium heat - cook until it starts to

2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1 stick oleo
Remove and cool 1 Minute

1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (optional)
3 cups quick oats

Drop by teaspoonfulls on wax paper or foil
Mom's Cookie Recipes
PinWheel Cookie
Chewy Brownies.
Ice Box Cookies.
Raisin Cookies.
Cookies I.
Ranger Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cups brown sugar
1 cups white sugar
Add: 2 eggs - unbeaten
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix until smooth
Add: 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. soda, 1/2 tsp baking
powder, 1/2 tsp. ginger
Add: 2 cups oats, 2 cups corn flakes, 1 cup
Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
On this recipe's scrap of paper is written the
following, "Very good from Mrs. James Dunlap.  
How are you and good luck.  It's still stays cold
here.  Not much use to put anything in the
ground. Take care.   See you sometime.  Your old
friend Lillie Bowers Black."

My grandmother then wrote, "It doesn't give how
long to bake.  I would say about 10 to 12 minutes
and maybe a 350 degree oven.  Rt 1 Frankfort,
Ohio 45628"

Nut Cookies
1 cup Crisco
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups flour
1 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup nuts or raisins.
Drop by teaspoons on cookie sheet and bake.
Filled Date Nut Cookies
1/2 cups butter
1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg beaten
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoons soda
Combine then toss on floured board and roll to 1/2 inched thick.  Spread
with filling as for a jelly roll.  Wrap in wax paper and chill.  Slice and bake at
400 degrees for 12 minutes.

1/2 pound pitted dates
1/3 cups water
1/4 cups sugar
1 cups nuts.
Cook, then add nuts.

Combine :
1 cups flaked coconut
1/2 cup finely cut dates or figs
1/2 cup walnuts - chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
Mix well
1 well beaten egg
1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Blend - Stand 5 minutes.
Drop from teaspoons on cookie sheet.
Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown
at 350 degrees.
Mrs. Elofson's Chewie Cookies
2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs, well beaten
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup ground raising
2 1/2 cups flour with 1 t. soda
1/2 t. salt
Roll in ball and press with a fork that
you wet.
Dish Pan Cookies from Wilma Henrich
Note: Makes Lots
2 cups cooking oil or shortening "I use Canola oil."
she wrote in the margin
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons coconut
1 1/2 cups quick oats
6 oz. or 12 oz. chocolate chips
4 cups cornflakes
Bake 350 degrees on ungreased cookie sheet.
English Cookies from Seattle, Washington Recipe box
Added to site 1-21-2008
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup shortening
1 cup cold coffee
1 cup raisins
3 1/2 cups flour
2 eggs
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. baking powder
1 t. soda
Drop on tins and bake

Oatmeal Candy Cookies
from Seattle, Washington Recipe box
Added to site 1-21-2008.   This card was marked
5-9-1956, so I will assume this is the date, she was
given the recipe.  Some ladies kept very good notes on
their recipes.
Bring to a boil:
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening
Remove and add following:
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1 tsp. vanilla
Put by teaspoons on wax paper
Cover pan and let stand in refrigerator.  You can also
add nuts, cocoanut or raisins
Read, "The Story of the Missing
Cookie Jar" by PenVampyre.  A
delightful little Christmas story with
mouthwatering  recipes for the
most wonderful time of the year!  

Read "
Santa and the Magic Key",
plus recipes for your holidays.  A
story by Robin Wallace.

Read "
Easter and Where NOT to
Hide Eggs"  Memories of Easters
past and a few vintage recipes.

Logan's Halloween Story -
original story won first place in
sixth-eighth grade division of
Southeastern Middle School, 2005
by Logan Lyon.

Food and Genealogy.  A story By
Robin L. Wallace.  
Our lives, our
families, our very history's are
defined by the foods we eat.

Family Reunion Recipes.
"The Fourth of July and Other
(With Apologies to Jean Shepherd)
By Robin L. Wallace

A short story by Suellen Fry.  
Memories of my father and his
version of Kickapoojoyjuice.

Memorial Day Recipes - "For me,
Memorial Day was the day when we
went out where relatives were
buried in the tiny, local cemeteries
and thoroughly cleaned up each
gravesite, carrying away branches
that may have fallen in the

Grandma Irwin's
Story of Courage
and Swit Tater Biskits Recipe

Home Remedies Medicines Recipes
From Olden Times.

Thanksgiving Day recipes and story
from the past.

College Foods and Other Mistakes I
Have Eaten.
Toffee Bars (12 x 18)
15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees
Mix and pat in a pan about 1/4 inch thick the
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
pinch salt
2 cups flour
1 t. vanilla
Mix 1 package chocolate chips and ground
Spread on cookies while warm.  Cool slightly
and cut in squares.

Scotch Treats
Melt over hot (not boiling) water.
One 6 oz package butterscotch morsels
1/2 cup peanut butter
Stir and blend
Remove from heat.
Add 3 cups rice crispies.  Stir will
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper or
spread onto buttered 9" square pan.  cut in
1 1/2 squares when cooled.  Makes about 36
Vintage Date Cookies
The story of the missing cookie jar.
Czechoslovakian Strawberry Cookie
vintage cookie recipes on the prairy
Old Vintage Toffee Bars
Looking good, mom.
Me, my dad, and my
Me, my mom, and my sister.
A kind reader sent the following email,
"Hello Starla,

I just stumbles upon your site with vintage recipes this morning, and
LOVE it.  Like you, I enjoy collecting those old discarded recipe card
boxes from thrift stores and yard sales -- when I can find them.  Too
bad folks are so ready to throw out those wonderful little bits of their
own family history and our collective past.  I treasure my own mother's
collection of recipe cards more and more as the years go by.

I love your old photos, too.  I grew up in rural New Jersey (yes, there
still IS a rural New Jersey, but it was a lot more rural when I was a kid
there in the late 50's and 60's), but your memories of life in rural Ohio
brought back similar memories for me.  My mother worked for many
years at the Mars candy factory (in my hometown, Hackettstown, NJ),
where it was her job to put the M's on the candy -- no joke!  She was
the first woman to hold this "important" job, and later she moved on to
running the polishing machines, where the dull candy finish was given its
lovely shine.

At any rate, this is just a little note to thank you for taking the trouble
to salvage and share the fine recipes I saw on your site.  I'll be anxious
to try them.  I've had a notion for some time to try to get the members
of my extended family to share some of these old recipes with me so
that I could assemble them into a little cookbook, with photos and brief
stories.  Your site inspires me to follow through with that thought.

Thanks again,

Debra Esolen"
Mike, Maple Wood Drive, Chillicothe Manor,