Happy Cookbook Wednesday! I thought I'd write about a slightly newer-than-usual cookbook today, just because this book makes me nostalgic for childhood and this is the season to be nostalgic. Today's book is from 1981:
See the orange canisters in the background? We had those, and we were constantly digging them out in December for flour and sugar to make cookies: cutouts (of course), molasses cookies (so soft and delicious!), butterballs, marzipan cookies, and some oatmeal cookies stuffed with candied fruit that my sister and I found absolutely revolting, even if the grownups liked them.... So those orange canisters are completely responsible for today's pick.
One of the gimmicks of this cookbook (besides requiring Tupperware for everything) is that it gives instructions for making one's own mixes so even fast food will be "homemade." Of course it has recipes for cookie mix! Since I'm dreaming of cookies anyway, let's look at some of Tupperware's offerings:
It looks as if this is being sold as an easy gift idea, too. Give recipients some instructions with the mix (in a Tupperware container, of course!) tied with flowered braid like the kind my mom used to sew on my sweatshirt to personalize it when I was little. (I got picked on a LOT as a kid... I think the two might somehow be related.)
The cookies themselves look lovely: a bar with crumbles on top, something orangey, something chocolatey!
Before anything else, though, we need the recipe for the mix:
I like that it specifies to store it in the 14-cup Large Canister. You wouldn't want to accidentally store your cookie mix in the incorrect Tupperware (or some bastard non-Tupperware container!).
The streusel-covered bars that look so inviting to me sound less so when I see the recipe:
My grandma always made mince pies and I was never sold on them, so mince cookies sound no better. (Of course, it didn't help that when I was little I thought everyone was saying "mints," not "mince." The two taste NOTHING alike, and mince is particularly horrifying to a little girl hoping for peppermint.)
What about the orangey ones? Are they better?
Orange and coconut! I know that probably sounds good to those of you who would like to eat pencil shavings mixed with sunblock, but (as you may be able to gather) I am not a fan of coconut.
But what about those delectable chocolatey looking cookies?
They are double chocolate drops! Chocolate cookies! With chocolate pieces! And it's a Christmas miracle: I found a recipe that actually sounds good, even to my picky ass.
So happy Cookbook Wednesday! Thanks again to Louise for organizing it!