For example, here is one of our current boarders:
|Penn, day 1
|Penn, now. What a handsome devil!
But now, back to food!
This copy of the Watkins Hearthside Cookbook (1952) followed me home about a year ago. I know my grandmother had an earlier Watkins book and liked it, so I decided to give it a whirl.
Oh, who am I kidding? I really bought it because I thought the illustrations inside were adorable. Sure, newer cookbooks have some drool-worthy photos in them, but how many are this cute?
While looking for something to entertain my sweet tooth, the recipe for Dream Bars initially caught my eye, but then I noticed the Praline Cookies next to it and thought they sounded like they had potential and would be a lot quicker to make.
When I make cookies (which isn't often because I cannot keep my #$%^ hands out of them!), I have to locate the Break-Up Spatula, which is the best cookie lifter ever. I was told by Farm Boy when we married that if we divorced, I am morally obligated to steal this from him. Legend has it that he stole it from his ex, who stole it from a former roommate. And while I can't prove that it was stolen before then, I feel certain that the roommate wasn't the original owner. If only this thing could talk, I'm sure it would have some tales to tell.
|The Break-Up Spatula, ready to work
The cookies spread more than I expected, turning into thin, very crunchy/crispy, caramelized brown sugar discs. My taste testers gave them rave reviews and I had to fight to bring home the last few cookies for myself. And because I can't keep my %$#@ hands out of them, they were all gone within a day.
|Mmmm, I can almost smell them now!
Praline Cookies (Printable version)
From the Watkins Hearthside Cookbook (1952)Ingredients
- 1 1/4 cups sifted flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon Watkins vanilla
- 1 cup chopped pecans