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Olympia Beer Cookies

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: chiminh 
  Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 11:20 AM
  Subject: Olympia Beer cookies

  I am looking for the Olympia beer cookie formula.
  This was a short dough cookie made with brown sugar and beer. 
  We used to produce this cookie for Made in Oregon Stores about 15 years ago, 
  and have since lost the formula.
  I hope you can help.


Hello Chiminh,

Sorry, the Olympia recipe doesn't seem to be available. Below are a couple of other beer cookie recipes. I have no experience with either of them.


  Sam Adams Sugar Cookies

  1 and 1/2 sticks Butter (room temperature)
  2/3 c Granulated Sugar
  1/2 c Brown Sugar
  2 Tablespoon Corn Syrup
  1/4 cup beer
  1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  1/2 teaspoon Salt
  1 Egg + 1 egg white
  2 and 1/2 All-Purpose Flour

  Cooking Instructions:
  Mix granulated sugar, brown sugar and beer in mixer (medium speed)Add butter 
  and cream until light and fluffy (medium/high speed)Add corn syrup and continue 
  to mix Slow mixer down and add eggs and then continue to mix on medium speed 
  Combine remaining ingredients in a separate bowl Add dry ingredients to butter 
  mixture on low speed until fully incorporated Remove cookie dough from mixing 
  bowl and wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour
  BAKE:Preheat oven to 350 degrees Remove cookie dough from fridge and scoop 
  1 oz balls onto ungreased baking sheets, (we also rolled ours in a little sugar) 
  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light to golden brown Cool on baking sheet for 
  2 minutes; remove to a wire rake to completely cool
  We also frosted these with a simple cookie glaze/frosting.
  Beer Cookies 


  * 2 cups all-purpose flour
  * 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  * 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  * 1/2 cup butter
  * 1 1/4 cups room temperature beer
  * 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Cream together the butter or margarine and the brown sugar. Cut in flour, 
  baking soda and spice. Blend in beer slowly to form a soft dough.
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls and top with a walnut piece.
  3. Bake 12-15 minutes at a 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven until lightly brown. 
  Cool one minute on cookie sheet and remove to wire rack. 
From: "Brian" 
Subject: Olympia Beer Cookie recipe clue
Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7:33 PM

I searched your archive for the Olympia beer cookie recipe, and though
I didn't find it, you had a couple other recipes (going to try one of
them). I happened to find a picture of the olympia beer cookie box,
the side that had the ingredients. I have attached it to this email in
case it might be of some use. I'm going to try and guess the amounts
and come up with my own version :)



The ingredient list from the box is:

Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Soybean Oil, Palm Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Beer (Olympia, of course), Soda, Salt.

Martino's Tea Cakes

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Elizabeth 
  Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 6:16 PM
  Subject: Martino's Tea Cake recipe

Dear Sir,

I am desperately looking for a recipe for Martino's tea cakes.  They are also 
made by United Bakery in Burbank.  I am from Burbank and can not live any longer 
without being able to make those fantastic cakes.  Please Sir, HELP ME!

Thank you in advance,


Hello Elizabeth,

Sorry, it appears that there is no known recipe for making these at home. The recipe is top-secret and apparently no one has been able to create a copycat.


C&H Chocolate Cookies

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Teresa 
  Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 5:14 PM
  Subject: Recipe from C&H package

  My mom got a recipe from the package of a C&H brown sugar (plastic) package. 
  It's a chocolate cookie. She thinks it had 2 cups brown sugar (no white sugar) 
  It had buttermilk and the bittersweet chocolate squares,the kind you melt. 
  (If there's another kind)  She thought she got it from the package in the early 
  to mid 1970's.  Good luck!! Thank you! Teresa

Hello Teresa,

Sorry, I had no success locating this recipe.


Timm in Oregon came up with this one.

On the package they were called C&H Chocolate Drop Cookies.

Timm in Oregon

C&H Chocolate Drop Cookies


1/2 cup pure vegetable shortening such as Crisco
1 cup C&H Brown Sugar 
1 large egg, unbeaten 
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk 
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted 
1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 cup walnuts, chopped 


Combine the shortening, sugar and egg in mixing bowl; beat well. Add the 
melted chocolate, buttermilk and vanilla; stir well. Sift together the flour, 
soda and salt and stir in. Add the walnuts and chill the soft dough. Drop 
by teaspoonful on to greased baking sheets  and bake at 350F degrees for 
12 to 15 minutes or until done. Yield: 3 to 4 dozen soft, rich cookies. 
Frost if desired

Orange Teaco

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Arthur 
  Sent: Friday, May 07, 2010 5:12 PM
  Subject: Recipe Request - Orange Teaco

  Dear Uncle Phaedrus, 

  Even the spelling might be wrong.  It could be "Teeco" or "Teco", 
  but I think "Orange Teaco" is right. .   I have tried to find it 
  on the internet, but it is certain that you are better at that than I. 
  And maybe you will find the story interesting.  

  This goes back to Atlanta, Georgia in the 1940's and -50's, and maybe 
  earlier. There was a place called "Orange Teaco" - or some variation of 
  that - and that's what they made and served.  Years later, somewhere up 
  north, I had an Orange Julius, and it was somewhat similar, but not nearly 
  as good - at least not to my taste buds.  

  The place was on Peachtree Street, where Pryor St. forked off and was 
  between the Lowes Grand theatre - famous for the world premier of Gone 
  With the Wind - and the Belle Isle Parking Garage.   (It was not the only 
  thing between the theatre and the garage.  I think there was a dress shop 
  and the entrance to the office building above.)

  They squeezed fresh oranges and added a powder, I think, then mixed it on 
  a milk shake type blender.  At least that's the way I remember it.  I do 
  not know that they sold other food or beverages or anything else in the place, 
  but there was a coin-operated "Photomat" - I think it was called.  

  Some years later, the same thing by the same name was served in a very small 
  eatery named Morrison's.  I have no idea if that was connected to the chain of 
  Morrison's Cafeterias that existed in the South in those days.  It was so small, 
  I doubt it.  

  Any help would be appreciated, and anyway, thanks for getting this far. 



Hello Arthur,

The shop in Atlanta did not last, but there was also one opened in Cleveland, Tennessee, that was called "The Spot", and it apparently perseveres to this day. For a history of "The Spot", see:
The Spot

There was indeed a connection with Morrison's, as that article verifies.

There is no recipe available for the "Orange Teaco", as far as I have been able to find.

Here is a photo of Atlanta Orange Teaco Shop:
Atlanta Orange Teaco

Fans of "The Spot" in Cleveland, TN have a blog here:
Fans of "The Spot"

You should post on it - perhaps one of those fans has made a home version of the "Orange Teaco."


Hello Phaed, 

Thanks again, and I apologize for not writing sooner.  I hope you will excuse it.  
In case you'd like to know, The Spot no longer has Orange Teaco.  On my first phone 
call, the young (sounding) man who answered had never heard of it.   On the second 
call a different sounding young men hadn't either, but he did tell me he had not been 
there long.  There is a new owner of one year.   He also might know nothing about it, 
but I will try to reach him or his manager for the name one or more previous owners.
Further FYI, William R. Snell, the historian who wrote about The Spot and about the 
Cleveland area is no longer with us.  He probably had a lot of information, if not 
about Orange Teaco itself, at least about who might know.   One of his articles 
mentioned some people who worked at The Spot.  I will try to find some of them.  
The major newspaper here has a feature about finding recipes, foods, etc.  As a last 
resort, I may try that, if I can find a way around using my name.   I'll post on that 
Facebook page, when I figure out how to do it.  That reminds me that I would like to 
know how you found out all you did, if you are willing to reveal that. 
I'll keep you posted, unless you'd prefer not to be bothered. 
Thanks to you, again. 


McKenzie's Bakery Iced Fruit Bars

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Debby 
  Sent: Saturday, May 08, 2010 1:48 PM
  Subject: McKenzie's Iced Fruit Bars recipe


I was wondering if you have run over a recipe for McKenzie’s Iced Fruit Bars. 
I’m trying to remember the ingredients, but it has been over 10 years since 
I have had any. The “crust” was a darker brown that may have had a hint of 
ginger in it.  The filling had raisins and other fruits including dates. 
It looked as though they rolled out the dough, put the filling on 1 half and 
laid the other half of the dough over the filling and pinched only the 2 ends 
together.  Then they poured a white icing (not cake icing) over the top. 
They were packaged on a 5x7 Styrofoam plate, put into a bag and twist tied shut. 
I hope that you will be successful in finding this recipe, I loved them

Thank you,


Hello Debby,

Sorry, I had no success in locating this recipe.



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