As part of my reduce, reuse, re-purpose plan for 2016, I am committed to revisiting my cookbook collection, especially the handwritten books and recipe boxes.
This cookie recipe comes from a spiral bound book, with recipes neatly written on every page or carefully cut out and either pasted or fastened onto a page with a straight pin. I would say that the collection dates from early post World War Two to the early 1960’s. The early recipes call for straight forward ingredients, the later ones call for “new” time saving ingredients such as pudding, jelly and whipped cream powders. Does anyone remember Dream Whip? It’s still manufactured (it does come from a factory so I can say that).
I like the idea of anything creamy, it’s the mouth feel thing; soft, smooth and no chewing involved. A recipe that has the words cookies and pudding in the title…I have to try it.
I used a non-instant vanilla pudding powder, and the cookies ended up yellow, but no surprise, the powder was yellow, a deep egg yolk yellow. The cookies also had no discernible flavour, and were strangely crunchy; how I imagine astronaut food would be. The little yellow gems were anything but creamy in my mouth. Friends said that they “liked them and that the texture was interesting ,” but I don’t believe them. I think that they were being polite.
As convenience foods became available tastes changed. Wealthy people bought modern convenience foods while working class families had to make do with home made. These cookies may have been on the leading edge of modern cuisine, and the woman who bothered to neatly write this recipe out, may have thought she she was a trend setter. I don’t know. But tastes have changed again; these cookies are crazy and not in a good way. I threw them out, no one noticed.
Pudding Powder Cookies (the recipe is as originally written)
3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 pkg. pudding powder
1 cup fine oatmeal
1 cup flour
1 tsp. bkg. powder
1/4 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Cream shortening, add sugar. Add slightly beaten egg and other ingredients. Form into balls. Place on greased cookie sheet & flatten with a fork & bake in a moderate oven.