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Schrafft's Butterscotch Cookies

Subject: Re: Schraffts butterscotch cookies
From: Phaedrus 
Date: 3/31/2018 3:38 PM
To: Mary Ann 

On 3/31/2018 10:30 AM, Mary Ann wrote:

 Do you have the original schrafft's butterscotch cookie recipe?

 Sent from my iPad

Hello Mary Ann,

I do not have the actual original recipe, and I could not find it online.  According to James Beard, the original recipe was a commercial recipe that made 20 lbs of cookies and called for industrial ingredients that home cooks cannot obtain. He obtained the recipe and gave it to food writer Judith Jones, who took that original recipe, cut it down to size, and using readily available ingredients created the recipe found on this page: Cookstr

It is also at: Cooking with Mim

Martha Stewart made a version calling for all butter, but I read that the original called for a combination of butter and shortening (Spry was the brand originally used) as Judith Jones' recipe does. Spry is no longer made, so Crisco is James Beard's choice.

Judith Jones' recipe is the same recipe that is found in the book "When Everybody Ate at Schrafft's" by Joan Kanel Slomanson.

There is an all-butter variation here: Orangette However, with all butter, it is said by some that the cookies do not get crisp enough. Schrafft's may have added some "butter extract" to get a more buttery taste without sacrificing the crispness that shortening gives. "Buttery Flavor Crisco" might solve both problems.


Horn & Hardart Coconut Cake

Subject: Re: Horn & Hardart coconut cake
From: Phaedrus 
Date: 4/4/2018 9:48 AM
To: "Nina" 

On 4/3/2018 3:07 PM, Nina wrote:

 Please…can you find the recipe for their coconut cake?    It was the BEST!

 Thank you for all your efforts.

Hello Nina,

Sorry, I had no success finding Horn & Hardart's coconut cake recipe. I will post this for reader input.


Hough Bakery White Cake

Subject: Re: Hough Bakery white cake
From: Phaedrus 
Date: 4/7/2018 12:05 PM
To: Jerry 

On 4/6/2018 7:13 PM, Jerry wrote:

 Dear Hough Bakery Fan:

 Have you had any success in finding Hough Bakery's white cake recipe?

 I appreciate your time and efforts.


Hi Jerry,

Sorry, still no luck today. There are many unsuccessful requests for this recipe on various message boards.

I found this statement on "Recipelink":
Hough Bakeries did not allow anyone to publish recipes and that included the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Individuals who knew formulas or recipes may have submitted what they knew but the company, which was closed by then owners Amerifoods and Merrill Lynch Capital Partners, did not release any such information.

The reference to my Uncle Robert's cookbook, "Menu Planning for all Occasions", did include some of the older recipes geared to the catering side of the business which he ran until he retired.

Jerry, I have that book, "Menu Planning for All Occasions" by Robert Pile, and it has neither the white cake recipe in it, nor any of the Hough Bakery recipes that have been requested from me.


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