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Free Vintage Cookie Recipes taken from handwritten recipes found in little
tin recipe boxes, plucked from memories or taken from  journals, diaries
and such..

I have search and searched for recipes that are handed down from one
generation to the next.

My favorite decades were the 1950
's, 60's, and 70's, so this is were I take
my recipe from.

Enjoy the recipes.

Brown Rim Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs beaten well
2 1/2 cups sifted flour

Combine shortening, salt, vanilla.  Add
sugar, then beaten eggs.   Beat
thoroughly.  Add flour and mix well.  Drop
from tsp. On greased baking sheet.  
Stamp with glass. Bake at 375 degrees
for 8 to 10 minutes.  Makes 4 1/2 dozen
Forgotten cookies
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Forgotten Cookies

2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup nuts
1 package chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat eggs until stiff.  Add sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time, then
vanilla, nuts and chips.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut off the heat.  Drop on cookie
sheet and put into oven.  Leave 12 hours. DO NOT OPEN STOVE
DOOR.  (I guess this is why they are called Forgotten Cookies!)
The lady who wrote the recipe Journal wrote
this recipe for Toffee Cookies

1/2 stick butter
1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cup pecans

There were no further instructions.
A delightful cookie recipe from the
recipe box of Jean Ferguson.
Circa 1950's

1 1/2 cups of shortening
2 cups of brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon of soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
4 cups of all purpose flour

Cream sugar and shortening together.  
Add the eggs and cream of tartar flour
to which the soda and cream of tartar
have been added.  Add vanilla and mix
well.  Make into small balls, as you would
for peanut butter cookies.  Place on
greased baking sheet and press with a
fork.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 10 to
12 minutes.  The recipe makes about 6
to 7 dozen cookies.
Filled cookies from Sophie Figler

2 teaspoons of flour
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of applesauce, figs, or nuts
1/2 cup of sugar
Method: Cook until thick.

1/3 cup of shortening
1 cup of sugar
3 1/2 cups of flour
4 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup of milk

Combine all dry ingredients and sift again.  
Add shortening to dry ingredients, mix until
fine like corn meal.  Beat egg.  Add egg to
milk and vanilla.  Then add liquid mixture to
dry ingredients.  Mix like pie dough.  Roll
cookie dough to 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut in
squares or rounds.  Place 2 teaspoons of
filling on each cookie and cover.  Press
cookie edges together and bake in 350
degree oven for 15 minutes.
Quick Filled Cookies

2/3 cup of white sugar
1 cup of brown sugar - sifted
2 well beaten eggs
1 cup of shortening
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of vanilla
2 1/2 cups of sifted flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of soda
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
Cream shortening.  Mix other ingredients.  Make into balls as large as
walnuts.  Press on palm of hand and place 1/2 spoon of thick jam, peach,
berry, or dried cooked apricots.  Then fold together, place on greased
cookie sheet, with split-side up.  Bake in moderate oven until light brown.  
They spread and leave the filling in center of the cookie.
Drop Cookies
From the recipe box of Mrs. Ottie March.

1 cup of shortening
2 cups of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of water
3 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of soda
fruit and nuts, if desired

Combine shortening, salt and vanilla.  Add sugar, and cream well. Add eggs and
beat.  Add water and sifted dry ingredients.  Drop by teaspoonful on greased
cookie sheet.
Vinegar Cookies

1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of white sugar
1 1/2 cups of shortening
2 tablespoons of vinegar
1 teaspoons of vinegar
1 teaspoon of soda
4 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of almond extract
2 eggs, beaten 1 cup of nut meats, may
be omitted
Cream sugar and shortening.  Add eggs
and mix well. Add vinegar and then the
sifted dry ingredients.  Add flavoring and
nut meats, mix well.  Make out into small
balls and place on greased pan.  Press
with fork and bake in 350 degree oven
for 10 to 12 minutes.
No Bake Coconut Cereal Cookies

3 cups raisin bran or bran flakes
1 1/2 cups chopped raisins
3/4 cups flaked coconut
3/4 cups chopped dates
1/2 cup malted cereal nuts
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
combine all ingredients and mix we.. Press
into a greased square pan 9 x 9 x 2
inches or shape into small balls.  Roll in
granulated or confectioner's sugar, if
desired.  Let dry.  Yield: About 4 dozen
small balls or 36 to 49 squares.  If shaped
in pan, cut into squares.  Wrap in waxed
paper or saran wrap.

Easy refreshments for summertime
entertaining are no problem with No Bake
Coconut Cookies.  This recipe, especially
developed for hot weather cooks, takes
just minutes to prepare.  Imagine, tasty
cookies without heating the oven.  So
simple is this recipe to prepare you may
want to let your school age children make
a batch of the cookies.  It would provide
an excellent activity for them when they
say, "What can I do today - there's
nothing doing around here."  In addition
to being so easy to prepare, these
cookies pack a real nutritional wallop.  
Nutritious breakfast cereals which
contribute protein valuable B vitamins,
essential minerals, and food energy are
combined with raisins, coconut, dates,
honey, lemon juice, and sweetened
condensed milk to make delectable tasting
Raisin Filled Cookies
From the recipe box of Mrs. Rubye Betler

1 cup of shortening
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
3 eggs
3 tablespoons of sour milk
1 teaspoon of soda
1 teaspoon of baking powders
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of vanilla
5 cups of flour, approximately

1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of raisins, ground

Prepare first mixture and cook filling until thick.  Let
filling cool, then add 1 teaspoon of filling between each
cookie.  Bake in moderate oven, 350 degrees.
Drop Ginger Cookies

1 stick of butter or shortening
1 cup of old cane syrup
1/2 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of soda
1/2 cup of boiling water
2 eggs
1 large tablespoon of ginger
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of vinegar
3 cups of flour

Combine the butter, syrup, sugar, soda with the water, and beat.  Add
the ginger, cinnamon, vinegar and flour, and drip on cookie sheet, makes
about 45 cookies.
Recipe from Maude Boylen
Apple Sauce Nut cookies
from the recipe box of Mrs. Earl Queen

1 3/4 cups of sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon of double acting baking powder
1 teaspoon of soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of cloves
3/4 cup of shortening
1 cup of sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
1 cup of thick sweetened applesauce
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of chopped nut meats
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

Sift flour once, measure, and add baking powder,
soda, salt and spices, and sift again.  Cream
shortening, add sugar and cream well.  Add egg and
beat well.  Add flour, alternately with apple sauce,
mixing thoroughly.  Add raisins and nuts and blend.  
Drop from teaspoon on greased baking sheet, about
2 inches apart.  Bake in moderate oven 375 degrees,
for 15 minutes or until done.  Makes 3 1/2 dozen

Raisin  Criss Cross Cookies
Recipe from Mrs. Ray Martin's recipe box.

1/2 cup of shortening
3/4 cup of white sugar
1 tablespoon of milk
1 3/4 cups of sifted flour
1/2 cup of light or dark raisins
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3/4 teaspoon of soda
Rinse and cook raisins.  Cream shortening, sugar
and egg together.  Blend in milk and extract.  Sift
flour, salt, cream of tartar and soda.  Blend into
creamed mixture.  Stir in raisins.  Roll into balls, size
of a small walnut and place on ungreased baking
sheet.  Flatten with tongs of a fork, dipped in flour,
making a criss cross pattern.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes
at 375 degrees.  Makes 3 to 4
Going Away Cookies

Belonging to Mabel Fontaine.
She wrote that when packing the cookies for
over-seas, place popcorn (she was talking
about real popcorn here, not our Styrofoam
popcorn packing of today) around the wrapped
cookies so they will not crush.  She added, they
will taste as delicious as if you had just baked
them, even after a long period of time.  She
recommended sending these cookies to
servicemen stationed overseas.

2 cups brown sugar
2 cups shortening
3 tablespoons molasses
4 eggs
2 tablespoons hot water
3 cups sifted all purpose flour
4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla flavoring
4 teaspoons soda
Combine sugar and shortening and mix well.  
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each
addition.  Add soda, dissolved in the 2
tablespoons of hot water.  Add flour and mix
thoroughly with hands.  Press and mould into a
long smooth roll.  Makes two large rolls, wrap in
waxed paper and chill in refrigerator until firm
enough to slice.  Cut thin slices and place on a
greased baking sheet.  Bake 15 minutes in a
350 degree oven.

1 pound nuts, chopped
1 box seedless raisins
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
Combine ingredients and cook until thick.  Cool
before putting between two baked cookies.
Soft Ginger Cookies
Recipe of Mrs. Glenn Eckard

6 to 8 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of ginger
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 cup of shortening
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
2 cups of molasses
2 tablespoons of vinegar
4 teaspoons of soda
1 cup of boiling water

Sift six cups of flour with salt and spices.
Cream shortening and sugar.  Add egg. Beat
all together until light.  Add molasses and
vinegar, and then sifted dry ingredients.  Last,
add soda, dissolved in boiling water.  If
necessary, add additional flour to make a soft
dough.  Drop by tablespoons on greased
cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with sugar.  Bake 8 to
10 minutes.  Makes about 100 plump, spicy
cookies.  The cookies must be checked
frequently for burning.
Orange Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
Mix in:
1 egg beaten in 1/4 teaspoon salt
Grated rind and juice of 1 medium orange
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
2 tsp Baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 cup Walnuts
Pop in oven and bake.
Makes 3 dozen
Butterscotch Icebox Cookies
Tim's Ma was written on the card.

3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 tsp. Soda dissolved in a little warm
Enough flour to make a stiff dough.  Cream
shortening, add sugar and blend.   Add
well beaten eggs, then soda and water,
nuts and flour.  Pat dough into two rolls,
wrap in wax paper and let stand in icebox
over night.  Next morning cut off in slices
and bake in moderate oven.
After Dinner Coffee Dates

1 One hundred package of pitted dates
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 teaspoons instant coffee
2 teaspoons powdered cocoa
2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
Stuff dates with nuts, sift coffee, cocoa and
sugar together.  Roll dates in mixture till well

Pineapple Drop Cookies

Dated 1963
Mrs. C.
Cram 1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
Add 3/4 cups drained crushed pineapple
Sift 2 cups flour, 1/4 teaspoons salt, 1/4
teaspoon soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder.
Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla
Drop on greased pan and bake 12 minutes at
375 degrees.

Brown Sugar Cookies
This recipe had a date of 1963 written on the
index card.
Also in the margin was "Mrs. C."

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup raisins
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoons soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cups apple sauce
Cream shortening and sugar, add egg.  Beat
well.  Add raisins, sifted flour, cinnamon, baking
powder, salt, soda, nutmeg and add apple
sauce.  Drop on greased cookie sheets.  Bake
350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.

Vera's Pineapple Cookies
2 cups flour
1/4 t. Salt
1/2 t. Baking powder
1 egg
1 t. Vanilla
1/2 cups shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cups drained pineapple
1/2 cups nutmeats
Cream shortening - add sugar - well beaten egg
- pineapple and vanilla - beat - add dry
ingredients - also nuts.  Drop by tsp.  Bake 15
minutes 375 degrees.
Vienna Opera Squares
Hollidaysburg, Pa Recipe

Mix with pastry blender.  When real crumbly pack lightly in greases pan
(Crisco grease) the following:
1/2 cup butter
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 cup sifted flour
and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
She writes, "I use square pan, don't forget vanilla, I usually do!!"

2 eggs
1 1/2 cup lite brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cup coconut
1 cup black walnuts
Beat eggs till lite, add brown sugar and flour and mix till smooth, add
coconut and nuts (chopped) and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
Spread on to and bake 30 minutes longer at 350 degrees.

She writes, "I use English pkg of black walnuts. T = Tablespoon, t =
teaspoon. (Using all black walnuts is best, of course) Black walnuts come
shelled in pkgs. at A.& P. and are excellent.  Fact, whole recipe is!  Its very
good and a little different, but it won't keep too long, you have to eat it up."
Hollidaysburg, Pa Recipe
Jane W. is all I can make out on the card, in the
way of a name.

Mix together thoroughly:
1 cup soft shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
Sift together and stir in : 2 3/4 cups sifted flour, 2
teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon soda, 1/2
teaspoon salt
Chill dough.  Roll into balls the size of small
walnuts.  Roll in mixture of 2 Tablespoons sugar
and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.  Place 2" apart on an
ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake until lightly
browned, but still soft.   (Puff up, at first, then
flatten with crinkled tops.)  Temp. 400 degrees.  
Time 8 to 10 minutes.  Amount - 5 dozen.

Russian Tea Cakes
Mix together: 1 cup soft butter, 1/2 cup sifted
conf. Sugar and 1 tsp. Vanilla
Sift together and stir in: 2 1/4 cups sifted flour,
1/4 tsp salt
Mix in: 3/4 cups chopped nuts.
Chill dough
Roll in 1" balls.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet.  
Bake until set, but not brown - while still hot roll in
conf. Sugar.  Cool - roll in conf. sugar again.

Butterscotch Cookies
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup nuts
4 cups flour
Mix sugar and butter, add the eggs and dry
ingredients, add vanilla.  Fix in rolls like overnight
cookies and place in ice box.  Then bake

Butterscotch Cookies
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 t. Vanilla
1 egg
1 4 oz. Box butterscotch pudding
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup sifted flour and 3 Tablespoons of sifted flour
1 t. Baking Powder
1 t. Salt
Cream sugar and shortening - add vanilla - beat
with pudding mix and egg. Sift flour, baking
powder and salt.  Add to creamed mixture.  Stir in
rolled oats and form into balls, then place on well
greased cookie sheet.  Flatten with fork.  Bake 12
minutes at 375 degrees.  Gets about 40 cookies.
Bourbon or Rum Balls with no baking
Hollidaysburg, Pa Recipe

3 cups vanilla wafers, rolled finely (pkg. A. &
P. Plastic bag)
1/2 cup - 1 cup pecans chopped finely
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup bourbon or rum
Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Then mold
mixture into balls and roll these in powdered
sugar or cocoa.  No baking.  Store in covered
Ginger Cookies
2/3 cups oil
1 cup sugar
1/4 cups molasses
1 egg
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoons ginger
Roll teaspoons of
dough into small balls
and dip in sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees
for 10 to 12 minutes.
Mothers baked cookies for their families.
Sadge Meyer's recipe for Cathedral
Window Cookies - found in a recipe box
1 6 ounce package chocolate chips
2 T. Butter
1 egg
3 cups miniature colored marshmallows
1/2 cup nuts finely chopped
1 1/2 cup shredded coconut
Mix together chocolate chips and butter.  
Add 1 beaten egg and cool thoroughly.  
Add the marshmallows and nuts.  Mix well
and pour out on wax paper on which you
spread the coconut,.  Shape into a log and
refrigerate.  Keep in refrigerator.  Slice as

Frosted Creams from Susan S.
1 1/2 cup. White sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs - beaten
2 cups seedless raisins - boiled.  Same 1
cup juice. 1 t. Soda added to juice
3 1/2 cups flour
2 t. Vanilla
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
2 cups Powder Sugar
1/4 cup butter
Thin for spreading.

Cookies - (Ellen's)
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups shortening
3 egg yolks beaten
2 cups flour
1 t. Soda
1/2 t. Salt
1/2 cups raisins
1 cup walnuts or other nuts of your choice
1 t. Vanilla
Beat Whites last and fold in.  Drop by
teaspoon on cookie sheet, then bake.

Chip Nut Bars
1/3 cup shortening
2 eggs beaten
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 t. Salt
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 t. Vanilla
1 t. Baking powder
3/4 cups chocolate chips
3/4 cups slivered almonds or chopped
Melt shortening, cool slightly.  Beat in
sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Mix flour, baking
powder and salt.  Blend into egg mixture.  
Stir in 1/2 cups chips and 1/2 cups nuts.  
Spread evenly in greased 13x9x2 inch pan.  
Sprinkle with remaining chips and nuts.  
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.  
Makes about 30 bars.

Hobo Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/3 cup flour
1 t. Soda
1 t. Baking powder
1/2 t. Salt
1 t. Vanilla
1 cup coconut
2 cups oatmeal
2 cups cornflakes
1/2 - 1 cups nuts - your choice
1 package chocolate chips.
Drop on sheet and bake 350 degrees for
10 to 15 minutes.
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