Join me on my delicious journey revisiting American home cooking in the era before convenience foods became popular (1919 to 1955), as I bake and cook from old cookbooks and recipe cards of home cooks purchased at estate sales in Akron, Ohio, and other exotic locations.
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Graham Cracker Cookies
Some people might consider a graham cracker a cookie. After all, it's quite sweet all by itself. But if you want to transform these old-fashioned crackers into an addicting confection, then by all means follow this vintage recipe by Dot, found on a recipe card in Olive Facey's vast collection.
I brought these graham cracker cookies to a breakfast meeting with my agent. Yes, I have a book agent, a lovely, encouraging and exceedingly patient one. No, I have not yet written one word of the proposal because each time I begin, I suddenly am overtaken with the urge to bake and abandon the computer for the oven. Luckily he has many other clients who actually write proposals that he can sell. (Zach -- I will write it, promise!)
These graham cracker cookies are a variation of another recipe in Olive's collection called chocolate bark, in which a caramel mixture is poured over soda crackers (and then topped with chocolate). The famous matzoh butter crunch recipe is a derivative of that, as I suspect are these graham cracker cookies, leading one to ask, Is there nothing new under the sun?
But whatever the genesis, these are delicious and very easy to make. First line a pan (I used a 9 x 12, but next time I'd do a 9 x 9) with aluminum foil. Place the graham crackers on top.
Place the butter (even though the recipe calls for Oleo, use butter) and brown sugar in a saucepan and heat (while ignoring the dirty stove top).
Pour the hot liquid mixture over the crackers and top with finely chopped nuts. I forgot to photograph this step, but you can see from the photo below (taken after baking), there wasn't quite enough topping to cover the crackers. No matter, just use the "good" parts and you can still eat the naked grahams.
After removing the pan from the oven, let the cookies cool for a while in the pan until they stiffen up a bit.
Cut into serving pieces and enjoy.
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My aunt used to make these and called them praline cookies. They were always my favorite!ReplyDelete
That's a much more appealing name, Jennie. And wish you were close by to try some. Thanks for writing.Delete
I'm so glad I have everything I need to make these right now. I can't wait!ReplyDelete
Part of the beauty of these, and so many old recipes, is they can be made with ingredients found in most pantries. Thanks for writing, Dawn.Delete
I just get the biggest kick out of your site. I love how the women's names are used in referring to their recipes. I mean it is as it should be but also knowing that we do not know these women. And yet we are peeking into their kitchens by way of your hand and so we do get to meet them. Nice to meet you Dot! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Penny. I do think that back in the day, a treasured recipe was a point of pride -- and always signed the way an artist would sign a painting.Delete
ive made these and drizzled chocolate on also.love your cooking concept.i wish i had a lot of recipes written down with correct measurements from relatives.in my family and my husbands no one wrote anything down lol.:)ReplyDelete