Monday, April 25, 2011

The I Hate to Cook Cookbook: Spice Cookies

Around the blogosphere, I've heard of the infamous I Hate To Cook Cookbook by Peg Bracken. but hadn't seen a copy of it myself. When I was going through the cookbook section at my favorite thrift bookstore a few weeks ago, I came across a copy from 1965, and was excited to see what all the hub-bub was about.

So I bought it, and brought it home. (along with a few other cookbooks and a large stack of children's books) It is not a thick read, (my copy is only 144 pages) so I ended up reading the whole book in one afternoon and laughed through the whole thing. "but, more important, your husband won't take you out for enchiladas if he knows he can get good enchiladas at home."

And while these recipe do rely on a bit of convenience food (most of the recipes call for a can of "cream-of-something" soup) there is something to be said for just getting food on the table each night. Some nights it ain't pretty, but everyone ate somewhat-healthy and it was better than grabbing a take-out dinner from the Golden Arches.

While reading the cookbook, I marked a few recipes to try, and decided to make Spice Cookies that night. They were easy to put together, (my 3 year old did the majority of the stirring) and very tasty.

After I compared this recipe to the one I had in my cookbook binder, I was surprised to see how similar to was to the version I had been using probably from the big Betty Crocker Cookbook (or as the cookbook refers to as the "Big Fat Cookbook") but in keeping with fast and easy food, this recipe was written much more concise.

Elevator Lady's Spice Cookies
recipe adapted from The I Hate to Cook Cookbook

Mix together:
3/4 cup shortening (or butter)
1 cup sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
1/4 cup molasses

Then sift together and stir in:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon powdered cloves
3/4 teaspoon powdered ginger

Now mix it all together and form into walnut-sized balls. Put them two inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for ten to twelve minutes.

Creatively Domestic

Simple Cooking | Easy Cooking

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