Sunday, 17 March 2013

The Project

I've been lucky enough to get my hands on a 1963 copy of Betty Crocker's Cooky Book. I've been wanting it for a long time now but being in Australia, it's not so easy to find unless you want to pay a ridiculous amount for shipping. This is the book in all it's 60s glory:

My mission is to bake every single one of the cookies in this glorious book. That's more than 450 different types of cookies. Luckily I have two little boys to help me eat all this sugary goodness. I have to stick to the original recipes with two exceptions. I will be changing shortening to butter and if I come across an ingredient that I can't find here Down Under I'll have to find the closest substitute.

The book begins with lots of hints and tips on baking, storing and freezing cookies along with a troubleshooting guide should, heaven forbid, your dough turn out dry or soft. The first lot of cookies are drop cookies and cookie number one is - Applesauce Cookies.

I'll sign off with a quote from Betty herself, "Happy the home with the full cooky jar".

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