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Old cookie recipes come to life

Published: August 10, 2017 12:00 AM
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Cookies from the 1940s and 50s will be one of many attractions at the Malvern Historical Society's Aug. 19 program, "The Legacy of Frank Craig" at the Malvern School Cafetorium.

The program will be held at the Malvern School Cafetorium and explore the lasting legacy Craig, editor of the Community News in the 1940s and 50s, left to Malvern. To bring the era to life, guests will be treated to the sighs, sounds and tastes of those days.

Members of the Historical Society have been searching though old family and church cookbooks to find popular cookie recipes that were popular in the 1940s and 50s.

Donna Wey is making a batch of Ruth Graves Wakefield's recipe for Toll House cookies. Ruth was the owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts and she created the cookie recipe in 1938. Her cookies received rave reviews and became one of the most popular cookies of the 1940s.

For years Jackie Contini made peanut butter cookies from a recipe found on the Crisco label. When she needed an authentic 1940s cookie recipe for the Malvern Historical Society's event, she turned to the Contini family cookbook and chose her mother-in-law, Vicki Contini's recipe for peanut butter cookies. Jackie made a test batch of the cookies and she was surprised to learn how much better Vicki's peanut butter cookie recipe taste than the recipe she had been using.

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Alta Furey baked thousands of cookies during the 1940s and 50's for her husband and seven children. One of her most popular recipes was for iced cutout cookies. "The dough was originally intended for filled cookies," says Carol Brawley, her daughter. "But, Mom preferred to roll out the dough, cut it into heart and flower shapes, bake them and ice them after they cooled. There were often homemade cookies on our kitchen table. I remember my five brothers coming home from working at the garage and grabbing a cookie as they walked through the kitchen."

Charm Woods is making Grace Deckman's Raisin Cookie recipe. Charm found the recipe in her mother-in-law, Margaret Woods' recipe file box. Margaret had two handwritten cards with this same recipe perhaps a sign the recipe is so good she wanted to be sure not to lose a copy.

Pamela Benedict is making Mrs. Held's Orange Cookies. A test batch of these soft cookies ,flavored with orange zest and juice and topped with orange icing, was a big hit at the recent Historical Society meeting.

Linda Byrd is planning to bake a batch of her mother's pumpkin cookies. They are a soft, drop cookie with a light frosting.

Sonia Strock learned to make peanut butter blossom cookies in the early 1950s when she was in 4-H. Each of her flavorful cookies will be topped with a chocolate kiss.

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Linda Faa is making her Grandmother Cinson's water cookies. The cookies are made from a soft yeast dough that raises for two hours in ice water. It is then cut in strips and rolled in chopped nuts, cinnamon and sugar. The cookies are baked until golden brown.

Tickets for the program and luncheon are $10 per person and the lunch will include

A Coney Island hot dog made with the popular "secret sauce" used by Red Romano at Red's Nite Club and Bowling Alley during that era;

A bag of warm potato chips, like those enjoyed bygenerations of school childrenat Elsie Schmidt's Bazaar Shop located near the old school building;

A choice of two of the cookies described above; and

Lemonade, iced tea or orange drink.

The doors to the Malvern School Cafetorium will open at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19. Guests will be greeted by piano music from the era played by the Historical Society's treasurer, Linda Byrd.

Participants can also view many items that will be exhibited from the Society's collection of historic items from the 40s and 50s. Lunch will be served from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

At 1 p.m. Jason Lombardi will begin a program that will both tell the story of Frank Craig's contributions to Malvern and include more than 100 photos on the big screen from that era.

All tickets much be purchased before the event. They are available at the Malvern Historical Society Building on Saturday Aug. 12 from 10 a.m.noon; at Crowl Interiors near the traffic light in Malvern or by sending a check to the Historical Society, P.O. Box 80, Malvern, Ohio 44644.

For additional information call 330-863-1185, or 330-863-1222 or 330-863-0149.

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