My Dad...



I have a question for everyone here...

My dad who is 83... has been asking me to bake cookie that are a bit old fashion. Like HIS MOTHER use to bake. Now... anyone have old recipes for cookie? I would appreciate them. I don't want recipes off the web... I want old family recipes for cookies... pies... cakes.. anything... So I can make Dad happy on Thnaknsgiving & Christmas. ( I'm checking to find out who got my Grandma's Recipe box when she [assed away so I can work from her recipes... but I have not heard back from my cousins yet.)

Thank You to whomever can help me out.

If you don't want to post them here... you can send them to

~ Susan

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reply by: Mike Nolan on November 08, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Mike Nolan

Now there's a challenge.

Let's see, how long have chocolate chips been available? According to the Nestle's site, the Tollhouse cookie recipe dates back to 1930.

I've always thought of my mother's oatmeal crisps recipe as an 'old fashioned' cookie recipe, and it is posted here under my recipes.

reply by: pjh on November 08, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Some of the very best old-fashioned recipes are found online - so please don't discount the Web as a source. For instance, these old-fashioned New England Sugar Cookies. And Soft Raisin Cookies. And Soft Molasses-Raisin Cookies. Enjoy!

reply by: swirth on November 08, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I have posted a steamed persimmon pudding recipe that was my husband's grandma's old family recipe...way over 110 years old and I have Butterscotch Cookie recipe posted that is 100 years old.

The only cookbooks I ever purchase are community and church cookbooks and they are just full of very, very old recipes listed under 'In Memory Of' sections. These are real treasures to read thru and to see the dates the person lived that the recipe is from. Many communities and churches sell this type of cookbooks for fundraisers so you might check around your local area and see if you could find this type of cookbook. I have so many of these books and they are certainly the types of recipes you're looking for.

Most old folks I visited as a child always made a sour milk sugar cookie with a raisin or two or a pecan half on top.

Hope some of this helps you find treats like your dad wants!

They didn't have many ingredients to work with back then so they take very simple ingredients.

reply by: Mike Nolan on November 08, 2010 at 5:01 pm
Mike Nolan

Biglakejudy's molasses cookie recipe also strikes me as an 'old fashioned' recipe.

reply by: Naughtysquirrel on November 08, 2010 at 6:37 pm

sorry SusanMarie, I have to be the one to mention Gramma "assing" away.....anywho...I agree with the other posters in that I would think that any big molasses or sugar cookie would pass for old...was he from an area where they would have had regional recipes?.....good luck in your search...NS

reply by: KIDPIZZA on November 08, 2010 at 9:26 pm

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reply by: beachdee on November 08, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Sour cream raisin cookies! Used to have an old recipe card with it written out, but can't find it right now, but there are numerous recipes on the web. Also, I have recipe cards in my grandmother's handwriting, one of them says Macaroons (the kind made with sweetened condensed milk). -BeachDee

reply by: SusanMarie1956 on November 08, 2010 at 11:54 pm


That sour Cream raison cookie sounds like something Grandma / Dad's mom had made.

Thank You... I'll check back to see when you post it...:-)


reply by: SusanMarie1956 on November 08, 2010 at 11:57 pm

... I see how you got the name NaughtySquirrel...LOL

Dad is from Grove City Ohio. It's close to Columbus.

Susan :-)

reply by: SusanMarie1956 on November 08, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Thank You!!!

reply by: SusanMarie1956 on November 09, 2010 at 12:02 am

Thank You!!!

I copied the Soft Raisin Cookies...


reply by: sofia100 on November 09, 2010 at 2:06 pm

The old "Joy of Cooking" has some old classic recipes. ck in a used bookstore. I would think sugar cookies would have been quite easy to make in the 'old days' everyone had sugar and eggs. (only war times were people w/o sugar.)

reply by: Mike Nolan on November 09, 2010 at 4:07 pm
Mike Nolan

What's his heritage? My grandmother was German, she would make cookies like springerle (in addition to ordinary sugar cookies.)

reply by: beachdee on November 09, 2010 at 6:02 pm

SusanMarie, I've posted the Sour Cream Raisin Cookie recipe. Hope it works out for you. I can't say I've made them since I was young(quite a few decades ago). But my mouth is watering just reading the recipe...I wonder how they'd be with half whole-wheat pastry flour??

reply by: SusanMarie1956 on November 09, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Dad is mostly German... with a little Scott Irish sprinkled in...


reply by: vibeguy on November 09, 2010 at 7:16 pm

One of my absolute favorites are mincemeat cookies, made with dried/condensed mincemeat in the box. The current recipe on the box is not right, and I'll be darned if I can find the old one. What I do is roll the dough into small balls (teaspoon cookie scoop), then dip them in an eggwhite wash. They are an awesome, chewy grown-up cookie that keeps beautifully, unless I'm around, in which case they're gone in a blink of an eye.

reply by: Mrs.FarmerBrown on November 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

A simple custard pie used to bring my grandpa to tears. He said it was just like the ones his grandmother used to make. I have an older BH&G cookbook that has great basic recipes like that one.

reply by: sugarhi on November 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

i know the perfect cookbook for you! have you ever heard of heirloom baking by the brass sisters? i *love* this cookbook! they give dates and histories for each of their recipes and most are collected from family or church cookbooks. aside from all that, the book is beautiful and such a treat to just read through it, whether baking or not. i would definitely recommend adding it to your collection or at least seeing if your local library has it.

& now that it sounds like i have some stake in this book, i will mention that i also have heirloom cooking by the brass sisters & it doesn't thrill me.. i'm not even sure that i have ever tried a recipe.

my thought for treats for your dad? how about hermit cookies or bars?

reply by: Mike Nolan on November 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm
Mike Nolan

Hmm, does a 'heirloom cooking' recipe start out with:

1. Slaughter a pig.


reply by: annzie on November 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Grove City is Amish country, right? So the Soft Molasses Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Sour Milk Sugar Cookies that swirth mentioned---they'd all be winners, I should think. You're good to do this for him, and I know he'll appreciate it!

reply by: omaria on November 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Mike, it also will say,"take the marrow out of the bones and mix that with the flour." There is a fun webside that you might get a kick out. It is called " I think. It is in Dutch, but you can click for the English version. It has recipes going back to the 14th and 15th century. Ria.

reply by: Mike Nolan on November 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm
Mike Nolan

My wife found a book from the 1870's on bread making, most of the recipes began:

1. Grind a peck of wheat into flour.