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Lemon Phosphate Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Beth 
Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2011 7:50 PM
Subject: Lemon Phosphate cookie recipe

My mother talks about a cookie that her great grandmother made in the 1950's 
called a lemon phosphate cookie. She would go to the drugstore to buy the 
phosphate from the druggist. They looked like a huge vanilla cookie, but 
had a very intense lemon flavor. She says she has never had them in the
 last 30 years and we cannot find a recipe anywhere. Help us please!!
Thanks so much. Sincerely,

 Beth, Marcia and Molly 


I can't find any mention at all of "lemon phosphate cookies" or any "phosphate cookies" at all."Monocalcium phosphate" and "sodium aluminum phosphate" are used in baking as leavening agents. They are found as ingredients in baking powders. However, I did not find any cookies called "phosphate cookies", nor did I find any cookie recipes that called for "phosphate" by name as an ingredient.

I wonder if the "phosphate" might actually be "baker's ammonia" and the cookies might be something like Mennonite ammonia cookies? "Baker's ammonia" is yet another type of leavening, and was purchased in drugstores. See below for a couple of recipes.


Lemon Ammonia Cookies

 Ingredients :
 2 c. sugar
 1 c. Crisco
 2 eggs
 1 c. milk
 1 oz. Bakers ammonia
 1/4 oz. pure oil of lemon
 1 tsp. salt
 2 to 2 1/2 lb. flour

 Preparation :
Cream together sugar and Crisco. Beat in eggs. Add ammonia to
 milk and stir in additional ingredients. Bake at 450 degrees.
Ammonia Cookies

 Ingredients :
 2 1/2 c. sugar
 3 eggs, beaten
 1 c. shortening
 3 tbsp. baker's Ammonia
 2 c. sweet milk
 2 tsp. oil of lemon
 1 tsp. salt
 5 1/2 c. flour

 Preparation :
Dissolve ammonia in milk. Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs,
 and remaining ingredients using additional flour if necessary to
 make it stiff enough to roll. Roll out, cut out and bake 12
Timm said:

I do remember phosphate cookies. They were somewhat popular after WWII 
until the mid-1950's and then seemed to disappear. 

Now days, you don't find food grade acid phosphate available as it once was. 
You can substitute food grade citric acid for acid phosphate in the recipes. 
You can buy food grade citric acid at most drug stores and in some grocery 
stores, usually with the jelly and jam making supplies.

For baking: Citric Acid is also known as Sour Salt and is widely available. 
Most cookie recipes that use it ask for about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon to bring out 
that citrus tart flavor. 

Timm in Oregon

School Cafeteria Pasta Fagioli

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Paula 
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 6:12 PM
Subject: Old School Cafeteria Recipe


My name is Paula and I am looking for a recipe for the pasta fagioli 
(pasta fazool) that was served in the New York City, New York school 
system in the late sixties early seventies. The pasta resembles the 
ditalini noodle with a reddish brown sauce/gravy and dark red (kidney) 
beans. I don't remember it having any meat, but it's possible. Thank you.

Hi Paula,

Sorry, I was unable to find any mention of this recipe.


School Cafeteria Cookie Bars

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Angelica 
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 10:48 PM
Subject: School Cafeteria Cookies/bar from 1979

Hi, I've been looking for a cookie/bar recipe that my high school used 
to make. It is a sweet cookie-bar type of treat, but I don't know what 
it's called. Itís was kind of like a brownie but had coconut and creamy 
peanut butter in it, covered with a sweet frosting (not sure what type 
of frosting but it was definitely not peanut butter).I've tried many 
recipes trying to duplicate them, but so far, I've had no luck.

These bars were made by Sweetwater High School in National City, San Diego, 
CA County (91950) back in 1976-1979. I wish I could remember the name of them.
I was hoping you might be able to find it.

Thank you


Hi Angelica,

Sorry, I had no success with this.


World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Ven 
Sent: Sunday, February 06, 2011 4:58 PM
Subject: World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies


I lost the recipe for this a while back. It came from a newspaper. There was a 
contest and it was a winner. It is a long recipe with maybe 16 ingredients including 
a spoonful of brewed coffee and small quantities of orange juice and peanut butter. 
The recipe was subtitled "Major Bucks" because the cookies are expensive to make. 
Thanks for your help.


Hi Ven,

Sorry, I had no success with this. There are several recipes called "World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies", but none of them have those ingredients.


Judy sent this link:

YWCA Cookie Recipe

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