Butterscotch Cookies

Grandpa and Grandpa Wichterman and Kado

My grandparents and their dog on a walk.

My dad told me a story about a summer day when he was about 7 or 8 years old.  He wanted his mom to go for a walk with him over to the 80 acres of land they owned (this land was separate from their farm – down the road, so he couldn’t go there by himself).  She was swamped with kitchen and garden work that day (as she often was).  He kept begging her to go for a walk and she kept resisting as she knew she had so much to get done.  But finally, she agreed to go.  They walked for about an hour down the lane and past the pond.  They picked flowers and spent the time together.  My dad still remembers this as an example of how kind and caring his mom was.  She gave him the gift of her time when it cost her to give it.

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I found this recipe for butterscotch cookies in Grandma Dora’s recipe box.  It appears to have been cut out from a newspaper.  My grandma also sacrificed her time by making all kinds of sweets for her family when she had other work to get done.  My dad and uncle probably ate many of these along with the other treats their mom continually made them.

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Butterscotch Cookies

  • 4 cups sifted enriched flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Sift together flour, soda, cream of tartar and salt.  Cream together butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla extract.  Beat well.  Add flour mixture to creamed mixture.  Add nuts and mix well.  Shape into rolls and wrap in wax paper or press into cookie molds.  Chill until very firm.  Slice thin and bake on ungreased baking sheets in moderately hot oven (400 degrees F) 8 to 10 minutes.  Yield:  about 6 dozen 2-inch cookies.

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These cookies were pretty simple to make.  First, I stirred the flour, soda, cream of tartar and salt together with a whisk.

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Then I creamed the butter and sugar together.

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Next, I add the eggs and vanilla.

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The flour mixture was put in next and then the nuts (I used walnuts).

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I took the dough and made it into a roll (I made half a recipe, so I only made one roll.  If you make the whole recipe, you would probably want to make two rolls.).

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I then wrapped it in wax paper and refrigerated it for a couple of hours.

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I cut them, and put them on ungreased baking sheets.

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I baked them in a 400 degree oven.  The recipe said to bake them for 8-10 minutes.  I found that 6-7 minutes was long enough.

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These cookies turned out delicate, crisp and delicious!  Everyone who ate them raved about them!  I was very happy with how they turned out!  I hope you give them a try!

Happy Baking!  Amy

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Caramel Apple Salad – A Bonus Recipe

We had another family birthday party this past weekend.  My niece turned 12!  How can she possibly be that old?  I remember the day she was born.  We traveled 1.5 hours in the car to the hospital to see the first grandchild, my first niece, on our side of the family.  We all rode together and still to this day, tease our mom for how crazy she was.  I guess the birth of the first grandchild does something to women.  They get in a “baby zone” and can’t hear or see anything that doesn’t have to do with getting them to the hospital.  NOTHING will keep them from seeing their new grandbaby!

For my niece’s party this past weekend, I wanted to make Caramel Apple Salad.  My sister, Rebekah had passed this recipe on to me a long time ago.  It sat in my recipe box for years before I made it recently.  It’s delicious and makes a large bowl, so I always like to make it when I will be sharing with a group.  She had received it from her grandmother-in-law, Grandma Slager.

Caramel Apple Salad

  • 1 – 8 oz container Cool Whip
  • 1 – 8 oz can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 – 3 oz, small box butterscotch instant pudding
  • 3 cups chopped apples
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts (or any kind you choose)

Mix all together except for Cool Whip.  Fold in Cool Whip last.  Chill.

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With just a few ingredients and no baking or cooking, it was the perfect, easy side to make when all of the crazy cousins would be together!

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I simply dumped the chopped apples (you don’t even need to peel them!), nuts and crushed pineapple into a big mixing bowl. (This is when you’d add the marshmallows too, but I don’t like marshmallows in salads, so I left them out.)

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Next, I poured in the butterscotch pudding mix.

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That’s it!   It is SO simple and so good!  The crunch of apples, with the sweetness of pineapple and saltiness of peanuts all combined in a blanket of caramely Cool Whip!  Yum!  Take this dish to your Christmas get-to-gethers and work parties.  You won’t disappoint!

Happy Mixing!

Wendy

Edna’s Butterscotch Cake

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The second Michigan State football game of the season was on TV a couple of weeks ago.  Wendy’s husband is a die hard fan.  He’s also a die hard griller.  He decided to have a family football party and grill up some fresh veggie and steak kabobs on his new skewers that he’d purchased at the end of the summer clearance sales.  There was no way he was waiting until next summer to try them out.

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My brother-in-law’s kabobs – stay tuned to future blog entries for this recipe and other great recipes from him.

I’d been wanting to try one of my Grandma Dora’s many cake recipes and I thought this would be a festive occasion to which I could bring a cake.  Besides, what’s a football party without cake anyway?!

I knew all of Grandma Dora’s cake recipes called for cake flour.  I had finally bought some at the Amish store when we were up north (the same time I bought the whole wheat pastry flour for the graham bread).  I pulled out a delicious sounding recipe, Butterscotch Cake.

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Butterscotch Cake Recipe2Butterscotch Cake (Layer or Loaf)

  • 2 cups sifted softassilk cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons double action baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed in cup
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat for 2 minutes.  Add:

  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 medium eggs

Beat 2 more minutes.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Frosting

  • powdered sugar
  • oleo
  • vanilla
  • 2/3 teaspoon instant coffee, dissolved in hot water
  • chopped nuts

In the corner of the recipe, there was the name, Edna.  As always, I was curious about Edna – who she was and how my grandmother knew her.  I think she may have had a friend name Edna, but I’m wondering if this Edna was my grandfather’s stepmother’s sister.

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My grandfather with 3 of his 4 siblings (Roy, Paul, Dorothy and Ray) – Alfred was probably not born yet.

When my grandfather, my Grandma Dora’s husband, was a little boy, his mother died.  His father was a carpenter, but wasn’t able to care for my grandfather or his 3 brothers and sister.  There weren’t day cares all over the place back then, so if you didn’t have someone who could move in and help you, you ended up “farming” your children out to relatives.  That is what my great-grandfather ended up doing.

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My grandfather’s sister Dorothy and brother Paul.

The oldest boys were twins Ray and Roy.  Ray was my grandfather and he was sent to live with an uncle who was a farmer.  This uncle mistreated him and he did not have a good childhood.  Roy, his twin went to live with another family member.  He had a better upbringing and trained to be a dentist while he was in the army.  Next was Paul.  He was also sent to live with relatives and had a good upbringing.  He became an aeronautical technical writer.  Dorothy, the only sister was next.  None of the children were placed together, so she grew up with another family.  She became a teacher.  Lastly, there was Alfred.  He became a farmer like my grandfather and then later in life became a carpenter.

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My grandfather and his sister and brothers (Alfred, Paul, Dorothy, Ray and Roy).

When the five children were older, my great-grandfather married again.  Her name was Alma and she had a sister named Edna.  My guess is that this is the Edna of the butterscotch cake.  I could be wrong, but it makes a better story than just saying that Edna was a random neighbor.

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Grandma Dora, Dorothy (my grandpa’s sister), unknown lady, Edna, Albert (my great-grandfather), Alma

Alma and my great-grandfather, Albert lived in southeastern Ohio.  Edna was not married and lived with them.  When my dad was about 9 or 10 years old, he also lived in southeastern Ohio.  He remembers going over to his grandparent’s house on summer nights and sitting on their porch.  (My dad said he remembers that on the front steps of that porch he tried cinnamon graham crackers for the first time.  They had just come out.  They must have made a big impression on him because he still likes to eat them to this day!)  Perhaps the ladies talked over recipes as they sat on the porch and maybe they even shared butterscotch cake as they visited together.

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Butterscotch Cake ready to eat

I have not made a cake from scratch many times, but putting this recipe together was quite simple. The cake had a bit of a crumbly texture, but I think that is pretty common with cakes made from scratch.  I did not end up making the frosting that was recorded with the cake as I am not a coffee fan.  If you like coffee, though, I imagine it would compliment the cake nicely.

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Butterscotch Cake – ready for eating

The cake ended up being a hit with all of the football fans that evening.  Michigan State may not have won the game that day, but we knew we had found a winning recipe!

Happy Baking!

Amy

Butterscotch Pie

Since my husband found out he’s not allowed to eat chocolate, desserts have become a real challenge, or shall I say disappointment, at my house.  In my opinion, all desserts should involve chocolate in some way, to make them worthy of eating.  It’s not that desserts without it are bad, but chocolate always makes everything better!  When I find a recipe that calls for it, I have a battle in my mind.  “Should I make this delicious chocolate dessert that he can’t eat and has to watch the rest of us eat or should I be nice and make something else?”  Most of the time I make something else.  Just his luck, I was having one of my, “be nice and make something else” moments when I ran across Grandma Dora’s recipe for Butterscotch Pie.  While it wasn’t chocolate, it certainly sounded delicious!  I pulled it out of the recipe box and went to work.

Butterscotch Pie Recipe Butterscotch Pie (With a few tweaks.)

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons flour (I added another Tablespoon to make it thicker.)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg (I put in the whole egg so I didn’t waste any of it.)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Add all ingredients into a small saucepan.  Turn on to medium heat and whisk constantly.  Bring to a boil.  Whisk one minute while boiling, until sauce is thick and creamy.  Pour into baked pie shell.  Cool in refrigerator overnight or until set.  Cover with Cool Whip and serve cold.

Butterscotch Pie IngredientsThis is a pudding type pie, so you only need a bottom crust…..total bonus!  I love it when I have a pie that doesn’t require a double crust!  I happened to have one of Pearl Curtis’ Pie Crusts all baked and ready to go so I quickly pulled out the ingredients for the filling, which are ones that everyone has on hand, and got started.

Butterscotch pie pouring milkIt really couldn’t have gotten much simpler.  I measured everything into the saucepan, put it on the stove top on medium heat and whisked constantly.

Butterscotch pie mixed in panAs the filling began to warm up, the butter melted and it looked like a beautiful, though thin, butterscotch sauce.  I continued to whisk and brought it to a boil.  Once boiling, I timed it for one minute.  The filling got thick and glossy.

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After the filling had cooled for a minute, I poured it into the baked pie shell and popped it into the refrigerator to cool.  I left it overnight, though it’s not necessary.  It just needs enough hours to set.

Butterscotch Pie with Cool WhipIf you can’t have a dessert with chocolate, then you should at least have, my favorite, Cool Whip!  I thought it helped to fill in the rest of the crust nicely too.

Butterscotch Pie SliceWe had family stopping by the next day for a visit, so I made sure to get this out when they arrived.  I thought it would be a nice treat while they visited and besides, how many pies, cookies and cakes can one family eat?!  We managed to polish off the whole pie that afternoon.  My brother-in-law compared the flavor to Mrs. Sanderson’s butterscotch ice cream topping, but thicker…..and homeade!!  I thought it was a pretty nice compliment, especially for how easy it was to make.

I did receive a couple of complaints about the pie.  There were a few people who were upset that they weren’t there to try it.  There were also the complaints from the ones who only go to eat one piece!  Sounds like I will be making Butterscotch Pie again soon!

Happy Baking!

Wendy