Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Baking: The best Cooky of 1940-1945 Caramel Refrigerator Cookies
I have been enjoying this stack of old cook books that was given to me by my mom. I reshuffled my bookcase and found a spot for each of them.
I was excited to find the recipe for date pinwheel cookies in this vintage Betty Crocker's Cooky Book. In the back of the book they have a section with the best cookie of different times and a little history as well. In order to make the pinwheel cookies, the first step is to make the dough for the Caramel refigerator cookies- which is the best cooky of 1940-1945.
"War effort brings simplified baking- Men went off to war and women took their places in the production lines. Thus, cooky baking and home tasks had to be speeded up. Refrigerator cookies like these were popular because the dough could be mixed one day, sliced and baked the next."
Caramel Refrigerator Cookies
1/2 cup shortening( part butter or shortening )
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt
Mix Shortening, sugar, egg, and vanilla thoroughly. Measure flour by sifting. Stir flour, soda, and salt together; stir in. Form in roll 2 1/2 inches across. Wrap in waxed paper. Chill until firm. Heat oven to 400 degrees ( mod hot ) Cut in 1/8inch slices. Place Slices a little apart on ungreased baking sheet. bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Makes 5 dozen cookies.
Make dough for caramel refrigerator cookies. Divide dough in half. Roll each piece of dough on waxed paper into rectangle about 11x7". spread rectangles with date-nut filling. Roll up tightl, beginning at the wide side. Pinch edge to seal. Wrap each roll in waxed paper and chill in 1/4 inch slices. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 5 dozen cookies.
Date- nut filling
Cook 3/4 pound moist pitted dates, cut up; 1/3 cup sugar; 1/3 cup water in saucepan until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Cool. Stir in 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts.