Last week there were seven estate sales, which is a big number for this area. I didn't find many things, but I did nab this 1952 cookbook at one of the sales:
A quick internet search tells me that "Prudence Penny" was a recipe request column for Hearst newspapers. I always enjoy storing a new bit of trivia in my brain. I just wish I could remember the name of someone I met five minutes ago as easily as I remember the useless information!
The book seems to be composed of several of the old Culinary Arts Institute regional cookbooks, plus sections for "General Auxiliary Recipes" and the "Cosmopolitan America Cook Book." The Cosmopolitan section is only fourteen pages long, so apparently not many regions were considered cosmopolitan back in the day.
|I am so going to have to make oliebollen sometime!|
The last time I posted about Cookies by Bess, a grandchild of Bess Hoffman was kind enough to comment on my blog and to suggest that I try the Cinnamon Logs recipe. I wanted to try them immediately, but I accidentally misplaced the book for a few months. It somehow ended up mixed in with the gardening books and I didn't stumble across it until I needed to look up something plant-related. I feel really bad about interrogating Mom so harshly now...
These are really nice - delicate, not too sweet, with a nice cinnamon-sugar flavor, almost as if someone had combined Mexican wedding cookies and cinnamon toast. The small size and light texture keep them from being filling, so it is easy to nibble several without feeling guilty (because really, who can eat one cookie? Not I!). They also seem to get even better on the second day and store well for several days. These are going straight onto my "make again" list. Thank you for the recommendation, PSherm!
Cinnamon Logs (Printable recipe)
from Cookies by Bess (1980) by Bess Hoffman
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups flour
Preheat oven to 300F.
Mix well in order given. Shape in rolls about 1/2 inch in diameter. Cut in little logs about 1 1/2 inches long. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool slightly. Roll in sugar.