Monday, February 1, 2021

Hedge Hogs

This little cookbook, Our Favorite Recipes by the Abilene School Food Service Association, belonged to my mother-in-law.  Since her mother-in-law was a teacher in Abilene at one time, I'm guessing that's who originally gave it to her, but there is nothing to note that.  Nor does it have a date or an explanation of why it was published.  It only contains 64 pages, but it's made of a stiff, highly textured paper that makes it hard to open.  The outside cover is stained, but the inside pages are pristine, so I don't think it saw a lot of use.

No date listed, but maybe late 1950s/early 1960s?

I was in the mood to bake something the other day, but not in the mood to put a lot of effort into it.  After flipping through a few other cookbooks, I pulled this one out and found something that suited my needs: Hedge Hogs by Mrs. Cliff Landers.

There is a food grinder somewhere in this house, but it seemed like a food processor would work just fine and would also let me make it in one container.  Yay for even less effort!  

Chambers gas range stove
Not the most beautiful cookies, but tasty!

Mine look more like feral hogs than hedgehogs, but they are quite nice in flavor and texture.  They are dense and chewy, somewhere between an energy bar and candy, flavored strongly of dates and brown sugar with a hint of coconut.  I gave my sister a few and she asked for the recipe and baked her own batch the next day, so I would say this is a keeper of a recipe!



  1. Is there a recipe for cinnamon rolls in the book? I'm searching for a recipe that is like the buttery cinnamon rolls that are an enduring memory from my school days in the 60s.

  2. How can I get a copy of the book?

    1. This is a recently published story about this book, which has been reprinted:

  3. We need more recipes from this book!! Lol

  4. What fun to find this post, considering the story of the original book is now going viral. Lucky you to have an original copy. :-)