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Van de Kamp's Holiday Cookies

From: Annie 
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2011 12:50 AM
Subject: van de kamps holiday cookie recipe, no I dont have it

But, the Dutch Artesia Bakery in Artesia California had the same recipe for a cookie they called window pane cookies. 
The bakery closed a few years ago (after 50 yrs), and they refused to share any recipes. 
But if you could find another Dutch immigrant baker from the late 1950s (note, forget about Hillside Bakery in Bothell, Washington). 
You may be able to find that perfect cookie (and please, when you do, share, I need those Van de Kamps holiday cookies!). 


Hello Annie,

I had no success locating any cookie recipes or copycats for Dutch Artesia Bakery. I am not personally familiar with Van de Kamp’s holiday cookies, but from what I gather from message board descriptions, they were just Van de Kamp’s sugar cookies with colored sprinkles on them to suit the season.

Are you saying that a Dutch sugar cookie recipe might be similar?

As for “window pane cookies”, I find two types, but neither fits that description. The cut-out kind is made from a sugar cookie dough. See the recipes on these sites:

Raspberry Linzer Windowpanes

Not having experienced Van de Kamp’s holiday cookies myself, I have no way to identify what might be similar if it is not identified as such in the recipe text.


HEB Cranberry Walnut Bread

-----Original Message----- 
From: Deb 
Sent: Thursday, November 24, 2011 9:56 PM
Subject: HEB's Cranberry Walnut bread

I searched your recipes- and certainly hope I did not overlook it...
HEB(a local grocery store chain in Texas), makes a Cranberry Walnut bread- 
it is not the 'quick' bread type, but a 'regular' yeast rise bread.  It is 
very sweet- between the cranberries, walnuts, sugar...wonderful.  But as a 
disabled person who has not worked in 11 years, I cannot afford to buy a 
14oz loaf of bread for $4.98!!  Do you have this, or something like it?

Thank you.


Hi Deb,

I could not find a copycat recipe for HEB's cranberry walnut bread. However there are other recipes available on these sites:

Real Baking


Cranberry Walnut Bread


JL Hudson's Chocolate Chunk Cookies

From: lolita 
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2011 5:49 PM
Subject: JL Hudsons Chocolate Chunk Cookie

Hi Phaedrus,

I've been trying to find the receipe for my long lost favorite cookie at the once famous department store JL Hudson. 
The cookies were the chocolate chunk cookies which were my favorite as well as many detroiters. 
Once Macys bought out the store, they stop selling them. Can you PLEASE help. 


Missing my childhood cookies

Hi Jenny,

Sorry, no luck. I cannot find any mention of their chocolate chunk cookies. There is a copycat for their chocolate chip cookies here:

Ask Your Neighbor


Rike's Dept. Store Fudge Cake

From: Rich
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2011 7:35 PM
Subject: Cake Recipe


There was once a department store in Dayton called Rike's Department Store.  
They had a bakery that made a "Rike's Fudge Cake" that was fantastic. 
Could you please research this and send me the recipe if found.

Many Thanks

Hello Rich,

Sorry, no luck with the Rike’s fudge cake recipe. I found a couple of mentions of it on message boards:

“an unbelievably dense cake loaded with chopped walnuts. “

“triple layer chocolate fudge cake at Rike’s”

Many of Rike’s recipes were saved from the ruins, and a restaurant called “Wilkie’s” is serving them up. Maybe they have the fudge cake:

There is a Facebook page for Rike’s memories. You might try posting there:

For pure Rike’s nostalgia, see the “Department Store Museum::
Department Store Museum

I did find a few Rike’s recipes online. See below:


Rike Kumler Co. Barbecued Hamburger

1 lb. ground chuck
1 large chopped onion
3 or 4 stalks of celery (chopped)
1 chopped green pepper
1/2 T. vinegar
1/2 T. Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
1 level T. brown sugar
1/4 t. chili powder
1 c. catsup
Garlic powder
Sauté first four ingredients. Drain fat. Add the rest and simmer until thick liquid is evaporated and the mixture starts to caramelize. Serve on a bun.
Rike's Sloppy Joes 
1 1/2 lb ground chuck
1 lg onion
1 lg green pepper 

Brown ground chuck, onion and green pepper. Add salt and pepper to own taste. 

Mix together the following:
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp ground mustard
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vinegar
3/4 cup ketsup

Add this mixture and simmer.
Rikes Celery Seed Dressing

From a famous store in Dayton that is no longer there
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp dry mustard (found in spice sections of grocery)
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 onion grated
1/3 cup vinegar
1 cup salad oil
1 tablespoon of celery seed
Put dry ingredients in a small bowl and mix.

Add a small amount of vinegar and then add oil gradually. Put in jar with a lid an put in fridge. Shake and pour on salad.
Rike’s Chocolate Cake

"Mom typed this recipe from The Middletown Journal at least 40 years ago. (Caveat: Mom noted “same as Rike’s Chocolate Cake” whatever that means). 
I found several mentions of this cake on the Internet, but no recipe. Worth a try though."

1/2 cup butter
3 eggs
2 1/2 cup sugar
5 1/2 squares Hershey chocolate (I presume baking chocolate)
2 1/2 cup cake flour
2 teas. baking powder
1 1/2 cup sweet milk (this would be whole milk as distinguished from butter- or sour- milk)
1 teas. salt
1 cup nut meats (type of nut not mentioned, but I think walnuts?)
2 teas. vanilla

1.	Cream butter and sugar, add egg yolk and beat well
2.	Add melted chocolate and beat
3.	Add flour and milk alternately
4.	Beat egg whites
5.	Add vanilla and nuts
6.	Fold in beaten egg whites
7.	Add baking powder – alone and last
8.	Mix using and electric beater on medium speed
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Bake for 45 minutes in a 9 x13 greased and floured pan
-or for 25 minutes in 2 9-inch greased and floured layer pans

Chocolate Icing
6 T brown sugar
3 T cocoa
3 T butter
3 T cream
powdered sugar
Melt brown sugar, cocoa, butter, and cream together
Add enough powdered sugar to give the mixture the consistency of frosting

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