One of my Christmas gifts this year was a small 4-½ x 6 inch leather bound book engraved “Cooking Recipes”, purchased at an antique mall in Sugar Creek, Ohio.  The pages are edged in gold and there are 10 index tabs for food categories.  

The real gold in this book, though, is the collection of handwritten recipes.  There aren’t a lot of recipes – just 25, 22 of which are desserts.  The book itself could have been from the 1930s, but I believe the recipes are from the 1945-1950 era.  This is based on a lot of recipes calling for shortening, for using the word “oleo” rather than margarine in most recipes and the attention given to oven temperatures.  I believe it’s post-World War II because of all of the sugar-laden desserts.  

The handwriting is clear and ingredients are listed correctly, although most of the recipes give no idea of how the item is to be prepared, what kind of pan to use or how long to bake.  That’s why I’ve decided to make each of the recipes, using the products specified, and adding my own instructions.  I like to think that the woman from the 1940s kitchen (who would have been about my mother’s age) would enjoy having someone fuss around with these recipes again and turn out some delicious food for the family.

These Chocolate Drop Cookies are a very simple little cookie, soft on the inside and slightly crunchy outside.


  • Servings: Approx. 54 small cookies
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  • ¼ cup butter or oleo (margarine)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Two one-oz squares of semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  • ½ tsp. soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1-¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease cookie sheets.

Cream together the butter/margarine, egg, shortening and sugar.  Add the melted chocolate to the creamed mixture.  Stir the soda, salt and flour into the creamed mixture.  Add milk and vanilla.

Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies.

Bake @ 400 degrees F for approximately 8 minutes.  Remove to a rack to cool.

Makes about 54 small cookies. 

What better way to serve these cookies than on a vintage EAPG dessert plate.  I have a fair-sized collection of EAPG but recently found the 6-1/2 inch diameter dessert plates which I did not have yet.  They were 50 cents each for 9 plates at the local Goodwill thrift shop.

I baked some of the cookies with an almond pressed in the top and some with a piece of pitted date.

This cookie jar looks vintage but was a Christmas gift this year picked out for me by my 12-year-old grandson.  He knows what I like.