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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Ice Box Cookies

I made a lot of cookies growing up.  My dad often mentioned Ice Box Cookies, but for some reason, I don’t remember ever making them.  I suppose I thought they must be difficult to make since they were something my grandmother made.  I knew she was a good cook, so I must have assumed they would be too difficult for me if she made them a lot.  So, when I decided to try Ice Box Cookies, I was pleasantly surprised to find they were simple to make and tasted as good as my dad had described. I found the recipe for Ice Box Cookies in my mom’s recipe box.  I could tell that it was one of the recipes she had copied down, probably as my grandmother quoted the ingredients from memory.  There was not a lot of detail in the instructions (as has been the case in many of these recipes).

Ice Box Recipe

Ice Box Cookies Recipe

Ice Box Cookies

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup nut meats

Form in rolls.  Place in ice-box for 24 hours.  Slice thin, and bake in 400 degree oven on greased tin. I creamed the shortening and brown sugar, then added the eggs and mixed well.  I then added the dry ingredients.

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Ice Box Cookie Dough

My dad said his mom always made them without the nuts because he didn’t like nuts.  So, I decided to make them this way. (Although, I think the nuts would be a nice addition.)  I also made a half recipe because as my sister said, “With all these dessert recipes we are trying, we’re going to have to go on a family wide, major exercise plan!”  I formed the dough into a roll.  I asked my dad about how big around it should be and he held up his hands to show me a size of about 3 inches in diameter.  It was quite soft when I wrapped it in saran wrap and put it in the refrigerator.  However, when the 24 hours were up, I found the dough was very firm and sliced easily with a sharp knife. The recipe said 400 degrees, but didn’t indicate a time.  For the first tray, I tried five minutes, but found that they were too brown.  I turned the heat down to 375 degrees and at that temperature I found that five to seven minutes was just right for these thin and tasty cookies.

Ice Box Cookies

Ice Box Cookies

I also found a recipe in the box for peanut butter ice box cookies.  I haven’t tried these yet, but thought I’d share the recipe in case you are a peanut butter lover.  It doesn’t have any directions, just a list of ingredients.  But, I’m sure you can make them the same way you would make the other recipe.

Mrs. Van’s Peanut Butter Ice Box Cookies

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

I like ice box cookies because you can make up the dough one day, put them in the refrigerator, and then take them out the next day and bake.  It was a very simple recipe and everyone in the family liked them.  I hope your family enjoys them as well.

Happy Baking!

Amy