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----- Original Message ----- 
From: Vivian
To: "phaedrus" 
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 7:26 PM
Subject: Hello again!

> May I please have a receipe for Snickerdoodle cookies? 
> Thank you!  Vivian

Hi Vivian,

Certainly. See below.


Old  Fashioned  Snickerdoodles

 Ingredients : 
 1/2 c. shortening
 1/2 c. oleo
 1 1/2 c. sugar
 2 eggs
 2 3/4 c. flour
 2 tsp. cream of tartar
 1 tsp. soda
 1/4 tsp. salt

 Preparation : 
   Cream shortening, oleo and sugar.  Add eggs, then sifted dry
 ingredients.  Chill dough.  Roll into small balls, then roll in
 mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.  Place 2
 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  BAke 8-10 minutes at 400

 Ingredients : 
 1/2 c. butter
 1/2 c. shortening
 1 1/2 c. sugar
 2 eggs
 2 3/4 c. flour
 2 tsp. cream of tartar
 1 tsp. soda
 1/4 tsp. salt
 2 tbsp. sugar
 2 tsp. cinnamon

 Preparation : 
   Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups
 sugar and eggs.  blend in flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. 
 Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls.  Mix 2 tablespoons
 sugar and cinnamon, roll balls in mixture.  Place 2 inches apart on
 baking sheet.  Bake 10 minutes or until set.  Immediately remove
 from baking dish.  

Saltine Fudge

----- Original Message -----
From: Martie
To:  phaedrus
Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2002 10:10 PM
Subject: Saltine Fudge

> Dear Phaedrus,
> I lost a recipe for fudge that was made with saltine crackers, and
> tasted like peanut butter fudge.  I bought the recipe at a bake sale in
> a church in East Bridgewater Massachusetts 20 - 25 years ago.  If I
> remember correctly, it had no peanut butter at all in it.  Much
> appreciate any way you can help!
> Thank you,
> Martie

Hi Martie,

Well, I could not find one that omitted the peanut butter altogether, although the third one below does say that you can omit the peanut butter and use chocolate chips.


Peanut  Butter  Fudge

 Ingredients :
 1/2 c. milk
 2 c. sugar
 1/4 lb. crackers, crushed - saltines
 3 heaping tbsp. peanut butter
 1 tbsp. vanilla

 Preparation :
   1.  Crush crackers.  2.  Combine milk and sugar to a rolling boil.
  3.  Add crushed crackers.  4.  Add peanut butter and vanilla.
 After it's cool, pour into a lightly buttered 9x9 inch pan and cut
 into squares.
 Easy  Fudge

 Ingredients :
 2 c. sugar
 1/2 c. milk
 1 1/2 c. soda crackers, coarsely crushed
 3 tbsp. peanut butter
 1 tsp. vanilla

 Preparation :
   Combine sugar and milk, bring to a boil, but don't keep boiling,
 take off heat.  Add remaining ingredients, stir and let stand for 5
 minutes.  Beat and pour into a buttered pan.  Cool and cut in
 Peanut  Butter  Fudge

 Ingredients :
 2 c. sugar
 2/3 c. milk
 36 soda crackers, crushed fine
 1 tsp. vanilla
 6 tbsp. peanut butter
 Nuts (optional)

 Preparation :
    Combine sugar and milk; boil 3 minutes.  Add remaining
 ingredients and mix well. Pour into a buttered pan.  Cool and cut
 into squares.  Variations:  Omit peanut butter and add 6 ounce
 chocolate chips or butterscotch chips or coconut.  Keeps well in an
 airtight container.
 Peculiar  Peanut  Butter  Fudge

 Ingredients :
 2 c. white sugar
 1/2 c. evaporated milk
 1/2 c. margarine
 1 tsp. vanilla
 1/2 c. peanut butter
 1 stack pack soda crackers, finely crushed

 Preparation :
    Combine sugar, milk, margarine and vanilla in saucepan.  Bring to
 a boil; boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.
 Add peanut butter, stirring until melted.  Crush crackers (finely)
 and add to mixture.  Mix Well. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.
 Cool.  Enjoy!!

Potato Chip Cookies

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Gwen
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 7:15 PM
  Subject: (no subject)

  Dear Phaedrus,
  Happy Holidays, and thank you for the fruitcake cookie recipes.... 
  I now find myself with a large bag of pecans and a jar of maraschino 
  cherries.. My Mom used to make a cookie using the cherries, but it 
  is lost... Do you happen to have any recipes using these two 

  Thank you,

Hi Gwen,

How about potato chip cookies? A recipe for those and some other ideas below.


Potato  Chip  Cookies

   Ingredients : 
   1 c. shortening (part butter)
   1 c. white sugar
   1 1/2 c. flour
   1/4 tsp. soda
   1 tsp. vanilla
   1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
   1/4 c. chopped maraschino cherries (opt.)
   1 egg
   3/4 c. crushed potato chips

   Preparation : 
      Cream the shortening and sugar.  Add egg and mix well.  Add
   flour, soda and nuts.  Stir until mixed.  Stir in vanilla, crushed
   potato chips and chopped maraschino cherries.  Drop by teaspoonfuls
   onto ungreased sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. 
  Swedish  Butter  Cookies

   Ingredients : 
   1 c. butter
   1/2 c. sugar
   1 egg yolk
   1 tbsp. cream
   1 tsp. vanilla
   2 c. sifted flour
   1/2 tsp. baking powder
   Maraschino cherries
   1 egg white
   1 c. chopped pecans

   Preparation : 
      Cream butter, add sugar and continue to cream until fluffy.  Beat
   in egg yolk, cream and vanilla.  Sift together flour and baking
   powder; blend into creamed mixture.  Shape into balls about 1 inch
   in diameter; dip into egg white, then roll in chopped pecans.  Place
   on baking sheet.  Make small indentation in center of balls; fill
   each with half of red or green maraschino cherry.  Bake 20 minutes
   in 350 degree oven.
   Polka  Dot  Cookies

   Ingredients : 
   1/2 c. butter
   1/4 c. sugar
   1/4 c. brown sugar
   1 egg, slightly beaten
   1 tsp. vanilla
   2 c. flour
   1 tsp. baking powder
   1/4 tsp. salt
   1/4 tsp. baking soda
   1/4 c. evaporated milk
   1 (6 oz.) pkg. Nestle's chocolate bits
   1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
   1/2 c. chopped maraschino cherries

   Preparation : 
      Cream butter and sugars.  Blend in egg and vanilla.  Mix together
   flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add alternately flour
   mixture and evaporated milk, mixing well after each addition.  Stir
   in chocolate bits, cherries, and nuts.  Drop by teaspoon on greased
   cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until bottom of
   cookie is medium brown.
   Holiday  Hideaway  Cookies

   Ingredients : 
   2/3 c. butter flavored Crisco
   3/4 c. sugar
   1 egg
   1 tbsp. milk
   1 tsp. vanilla
   1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
   1 tsp. baking powder
   1/2 tsp. salt
   1/2 tsp. baking soda
   48 maraschino cherries, well drained
      on paper towelsDIPPING CHOCOLATE:
   1 c. white or dark melting chocolate,
      cut in sm. pieces
   2 tbsp. butter flavored Crisco
   Finely chopped pecans

   Preparation : 
      Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream Crisco, sugar, egg, milk, and
   vanilla in a large bowl at medium speed until well blended.  Combine
   flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.  Beat into creamed
   mixture.  Press dough in very thin layer around well drained
   cherries.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for
   10 minutes.  Cool completely.  For dipping chocolate, melt chocolate
   and butter flavored Crisco on very low heat or 50% power in
   microwave.  Pour chocolate into glass measuring cup.  Drop one
   cookie at a time into chocolate; cover cookie completely.  Place
   cookies on wax paper.  Sprinkle chopped pecans on top of cookies. 
   Makes 4 dozen cookies. 

Caramel Icing

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sandy
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 2:41 AM
  Subject: kraft caramels

  my dad was telling me that his mother used to bake his birthday 
  cake chocolate with a caramel frosting that hardened onto the cake, 
  it was not sticky, and she used kraft caramels. I am seeking to 
  make my dad's birthday a memorable one. Can you help?


Hello Sandy,

The only recipe that I can find that seems close to what you describe is the one below.


  Caramel  Icing

   Ingredients : 
   1 lb. Kraft caramels
   1/2 c. hot water
   1 c. sweet butter or margarine
   1 c. confectioners' sugar

   Preparation : 
      Place caramels and water in double boiler, heat and stir until a
   smooth cream is obtained.  Allow to cool.  Place butter in mixing
   bowl.  Add sugar; mix at low speed to obtain a smooth paste.  Mix at
   medium speed adding above cool caramel cream gradually.  Note:  If
   stiffer icing is desired, reduce amount of water.  

Confetti Bread

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Janice
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 4:22 AM
  Subject: hi again

  I wanted to wish you and your wife a wonderful Christmas......

  Also, could you tell me how to make another Christmas favorite 
  at our house.  Again, I don't know the name, but it is a bread-like 
  recipe made with bisquick, walnuts and gumdrops.  
  God Bless you and thank you!


Hi Janice,

Could that be "confetti bread"? See below.


  Holiday  Confetti  Bread

   Ingredients : 
   3 c. Bisquick
   1/2 c. sugar
   1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
   1 egg
   1 1/4 c. milk
   1 c. chopped walnuts
   1 c. cut up gum drops

   Preparation : 
     Combine first 5 ingredients and heat vigorously for 30 seconds. 
   Stir in walnuts and gum drops.  Spoon into well greased 9 x 5 x 3
   inch pan, lined with greased waxed paper.  Bake at 350 degrees for
   50-60 minutes.  Cool before slicing.   


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