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Jul 19, 2012 09:23 AM

Woman's Home Companion 1946

I recently inherited a copy of Woman's Home Companion, 1946 edition. Unfortunately some of the pages are missing, as it was a well-loved book. I'm specifically looking for page 804 recipe for Vanilla Drop Cookies - it was a family favorite. Do any Chowhounders have the book intact and wouldn't mind sharing the recipe? Thanks in advance!

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  1. I have the 1947verrsion, and on pg 820there is a vanilla
    rolled cookie recipe.


    3 1/2 cups flous
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/2tsp salt
    1c shortening
    1 1/2c sugar
    2eggs well beaten
    1 1/2tsp vanilla

    Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
    Beat shortening and sugar until light. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
    Add dry ingredients to egg mixture. Chill.
    Roll as thn as possible and cut with cookie cutter or shape into a ball and flatten with a glass that has had grease and then sugar applied to its base. Or you can platter with the palm of your hand. Sprinkle with sugar, chopped nuts or coconut and bake at 400degrees for 6-10mins.

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    1. re: jill kibler

      Is there by chance an icing recipe that goes with these cookies? My great grandmother who has passed made these every year! The one that I have is 1lb of powder sugar and 3T of shortening mix with warm water as needed, but it is scratched out! Just wondering if there was one in the book! Thanks!

    2. If all else fails, this cookbook is sure to be in the collection of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University. Perhaps one of their librarians can help you.

      1. From the 1946 edition, page 804

        Vanilla Dropped Cookies

        Flour, 3 cups
        Baking powder, 3 teaspoons
        Salt, 3/4 teaspoon
        Shortening, 3/4 cup
        Sugar, 1 1/4 cups
        Eggs, well beaten, 2
        Vanilla, 1 teaspoon
        Milk, 2/3 cup

        Sift flour, baking powder, and salt

        Cream shortening; add sugar gradually and beat until light. Add well beaten eggs and blend thoroughly; add vanilla

        Add dry ingredients alternately with the milk; mix well. Chill

        Drop by spoonfuls 2 or 3 inches apart on a well greased baking sheet. Bake at 400F 8 to 10 minutes. Makes about 5 dozen 2-inch cookies.

        The butter balls on page 808 are really good, too.

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        1. re: phofiend

          Thank you so much for the responses! This recipe has wonderful memories associated with it and I was so disappointed when the page was missing. Members like y'all are why the Chowhounding community is great! Thank you!

        2. im also missing pages 815, 816, 817, 818 in the Woman's Home companion. Do you have those recipes?? I was so disappointed to find my copy was missing. Anyone out there?
          I wanted esp. to make the Date Squares I hear they are fabulous!!!

          1. recipe page 804
            flour 3 cups
            baking powder 3 teaspoons
            salt 3/4 teaspoon
            shortening 3/4 cup
            sugar 1 1/4 cups
            eggs, well beaten 2
            vanilla 1 teaspoon
            milk 2.3 cup

            sift flour, measure, add baking powder and salt, stir again
            cream shortening, add sugar gradually and continue beating until light. Add well beaten eggs and blend thoroughly,; add vanilla.
            add dry ingredients alternately with the milk, mix well. chill

            drop by teastoonfulls 1 or 3 inches apart on well greased baking sheet. Bake in hot oven (400 degree F)
            8 to 10 munutes. Makes about 5 dozen 2 inch cookies