A TBT Celebration!!!

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One of my favorite days of the week has been TBT’s. I love looking up old recipes, trying new things and sharing them on here. I know I’ve gotten lax in doing that lately, but I still enjoy this day even if I’m not writing about it. When I originally decided to share Throw Back Thursday posts it was my intention to bring back those recipes of old. You can do web searches for recipes that hearken back to the 1800’s and yet there aren’t any pictures, reviews or person thoughts. So I decided that it would be fun to pick certain ones that sounded good,for one, in the hopes you all would like to try them out yourselves. I would like to continue on with such posts, I do love cooking and baking after all, but instead of doing that weekly I may cut back to a once a month post for health reasons.

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I know I’ve said this another time before, but I love old cookbooks. I grew up pulling out all of my Mom’s 70’s and 80’s cookbooks from the shelves and would sit there reading each recipe and falling in love the old pictures and wondering what each dish would taste like. One such recipe I shared on here was the Dutch Butter Cookies recipe.

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When I discovered this recipe, at the time I had no idea just how big of a hit it would be. Especially with my Mom! I grew up with her hand rolled sugar cookies that she would make once a year, always for Christmas, and those are her favorite cookie. Now I think the Dutch Butter Cookies have either tied with the hand rolled sugar cookies or at least come in at a close second. You really can’t messed these cookies up, it’s a four ingredient recipe that you can either enjoy plain or with colored sugar on top(as pictured above).  When you serve them up small they are perfect then for get togethers, easier for kids to pick up and enjoy, or you could cut them larger and decorate with frosting. It’s not a sweet cookie but I’ve not had any complaints yet from adults or toddlers 🙂 And kids are my harshest critics some times!

One of my all time TBT favorites, and I mean this was a newly discovered recipe for me that has become a winter staple now, is Milk Toast. Just from the name of the recipe it doesn’t sound very appetizing, but just wait!

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I’m the only one in the family who has tried this recipe, no one else is brave enough 😦 I don’t share nasty recipes, at least I try not to. Perhaps this one is more of a personal preference, but don’t judge this recipe until you’ve eaten it just once. It’s a very hearty meal, it’s best to use a slightly thicker slice of toast for best results. I’ve tried it with lower carb bread, it’s ok just not thick enough for my liking.

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It’s thick like oatmeal, the sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top is completely optional. You can pre–cut the toast for easier eating and enjoyment. You could definitely add some raisins or craisins to this if you like, use any bread you prefer, I’ve wondered it French loaf slices would be tasty…*nods thoughtfully* I think it would!

Don’t be afraid to try new things, my friends. You never know what you could be missing out on 🙂

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Throw Back Thursday: Dutch Butter Cookies

Good morning everyone! Feeling somewhat better today, woke up a couple of hours before my alarm but that’s typical. I’m just glad it’s Thursday, this weekend we’ve got some more apples from a friend to use up. I’m thinking applesauce, fried pies, and some more crock pot apple butter(maybe). We shall see!

Today’s throw back Thursday recipe is from an old cookbook that my Mom has had for as long as I can remember. And you can tell a cookbook is well used when it opens directly to a specific recipe every single time!

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The original recipe is as follows::

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

2 cups flour

Cream butter in a medium mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg, and beat well. Gradually stir in flour: (Dough will be sticky.)

Divide dough in half. Place each portion of dough in well–greased 8–inch square pans. With floured hands, press dough into pans.

Place pans in a cold oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Remove from oven, and cut into 2–inch squares while warm. Remove from pans, and cool on wire racks. Yields 3 dozen.

It’s a very simple recipe, and I’ve only followed the exact recipe a handful of times. But because this is such a hit in our family I’ve had to double the recipe and use a big sheet pan. It’s worth it in the end 🙂

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Here I have four sticks of butter, rather than two. They were somewhat softened, so I stuck them in the microwave for 15 seconds and as you can see in the second picture they were softened up nicely. I go ahead and add the sugar in before I start, it mixes up the same.

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After a couple of minutes of beating the butter and sugar together, add in the eggs and mix completely. *Sorry the second photo is darker, but those are the beaters in action*

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My beater cleaner to the rescue! Once the eggs are mixed in and the mixture is a soft yellow and very fluffy you won’t be needing the beaters anymore.

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Add the flour, if you’re using a large enough mixing bowl you’ll be able to add in both cups of flour. Since I doubled the recipe I had four cups of flour to work with so a large bowl is a must!

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Commence folding…simply you start in the middle and fold away from you. Come back around toward yourself, gathering the mixture gently with the spoonula/spatula to fold back into the center. I caution you: if you are not used to action get ready for a slight workout. As you work this dough it does stiffen up slightly and becomes thick.

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Almost there in the first photo, once you get all the flour incorporated you’ll have a sticky-ish dough that you should be able to pinch and hold. It really isn’t any difference from your average cookie dough consistency.

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Now comes the fun part, on a foil lined pan (I always use Reynold’s Release Foil) dump out the butter cookie dough. Don on some gloves (if you like), keep your flour handy and begin to pat out the dough. Try not to get carried away with the flour though, you only need to flour your hands, you don’t actually apply the flour directly on the dough. Make sure to keep your edges even, and level out the dough as much as possible.

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Before placing in the oven I decided to score the dough in half and sprinkle one side with blue and orange colored sugar. Since this isn’t a very sweet cookie I wanted to be sure that three and four year old kiddies would enjoy them. I don’t know of any child that doesn’t like colored sugar, it’s enticing and fun to lick off (which many of them did last night lol). Bake at the same temp (350 degrees) but it took about 25-30 minutes to get it lightly browned.

And while it was baking I had a brilliant idea for a photo shoot….I only hinted at what I did when I shared it with my Mom. Hehe, it was so fun! It’s amazing what a few kitchen alphabet magnets, a sheet, mini plates and glasses, and some sprinkles can do. Here are some pictures 😀

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You will no doubt fall in L–O–V–E with these cookies, you can make up a bunch and share with your friends, co-workers and neighbors. Hope you all enjoy!