Mrs. Quickel’s Apricot Squares (no. 4)

The short letter that Mrs. Quickel wrote is attached at the end of this recipe. I found it interesting.

6 cups flour

2 tabl sp sugar

3 beaten eggs

1/2 teas salt

1 lb lard

1 yst cake

3/4 cup scalded milk cooled to luke warm

Combine flour, lard, sugar & salt blended as for pie crust. Dissolve yst in warm milk, add to first mixture. Add eggs & knead to a smooth dough Refrig over nite in covered bowl.

Next..cover pie board with 1/4 cup sugar. Roll dough on sugar about 1/4 in. thick or a little thinner. Cut into 2 1/2 in. squares.

Into each square place a 1/2 teas apricot or any desired paste & fold up corners into a peak & pin with tooth picks.

Bake 15 min in 375 deg. oven. Remove tooth picks while warm. Picks can be reused.

We like cooked seasoned dried apricots best in these squares. However dried peaches or any jam is good. I’m going to try Baked Cranberries this year in the squares. The Apricot just seems to go so well with the sugared dough. We feel that ordinary jam is just too sweet. I thought the Baked Cran with less sugar would be tart too like apricots. It’s surprising how well you can pin in these squares for as soft as the dough is. Of course a few pop open during baking that’s why the paste should be sort of thick. this paste can be bought in cans too but again, we like the cooked dried apricots sweet taste.

Continuing with Mrs. Quickel’s short letter….

Hi…I’m sort of pushing the cart instead of pulling it. Ha. I thought I would only have a few min to write the recipes & I wanted you to have them before Christmas. We came home yesterday (Mon) noon & we can’t seem to get into the groove. Things sure happened since we saw you. One wonders how much wickedness we must endure. While it’s a tremendous burden for the Kennedy children I keep thinking of the Oswald children. They can never live down this tragic episode. I’m glad they live in the land of opportunity where if they lived in Russia they might be sent to Siberia.

Several Clear Lake men died last week also. A Mr. Nofsinger who had the L&M Market there next to the Beer Garden. The other man was Fred Miller. They used to have Shaw’s old cabins & gas station.

Well, I’ve got a few more things to put away etc. Here’s hoping you have a nice Holiday season. Sure was nice visiting with you folks. Hope we didn’t detain you too much.

Lovingly….Quickel

This note brings back memories of times when my Mother would receive a letter from her brothers in Illinois. It was usually a four page letter and required her to take some time, sit down and read, and find out what the family was doing. Now we have the internet. It doesn’t have that same homey quality, does it? Just remembering…..

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Almost time for spring..

Tim’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

During the later years of his life, our son Tim enjoyed baking. One of his favorite recipes was this one. He gave the recipe to me over the phone, so every time I look at this insignificant piece of paper where I jotted it down, I remember the joy of hearing him talk about his great cookies. Memories really are wonderful, don’t you think?

1 Cup Soft Butter

1 Cup White Sugar

1 Cup Brown Sugar (Packed)

2 Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla

3 Cups Flour

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 tsp Hot Water

1/2 tsp Salt

2 Cups Chocolate Chips

Bake in 350 deg oven – 10 minutes approximately

Yields 4 dozen

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Fruit Punch Bars

My recipe note says FROM THE DESK OF TOOTS DENIO…So Toots must have loved these delightful snack recipes. We love them too.

2 Eggs

1 1/2 C. Sugar

1 lb.1 oz. Can of Fruit Cocktail

2 1/2 C. Flour

1 1/2 tsp. Soda

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 1/3 C. Coconut

1/2 C. Chopped nuts

Grease & flour 15 x 10 jelly roll pan. Beat eggs & sugar at high speed till light & fluffy. Add fruit, flour & soda, salt & vanilla. Beat at med. speed till mixed. Scrape side of bowl. Spread in pan.

Bake @ 350 deg. for 20-25 minutes until brown

Glaze

3/4 C. Sugar

1/2 C. Butter

1/4 C. Evaporated Milk

1/2 tsp. Vanilla

COMBINE

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Bring to boil. Boil 2 minutes stirring constantly. Pour over bars. Put coconut and chopped nuts on top.

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Delectable Chocolate Chip Cookies With Rice Crispies

You’re on your own here. Doesn’t sound difficult, let me know how it turns out.

Beat until well blended (the following);

1 cup Oleo

3/4 cup White Sugar

3/4 cup Brown Sugar

Add 2 Eggs, 1 tsp Vanilla/Beat well

Add dry ingredients and mix.

Stir in 2 cups Rice Krispies and 1 cup chocolate morsels.

Drop by level tblspoon on greased baking sheet

Bake @ 350 deg – 10 minutes or until lightly browned

Cool 1 minute..then remove to wire racks

Makes 6 dozen 2 1/2″ cookies

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Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck

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Brer Rabbit Gingers

Yields 8 dozen

2 Cups Molasses

1 Cup Sugar

2 T Cider Vinegar

2 T Ginger

1/4 t Nutmeg

4 t Soda

1 Cup Shortening

1 Egg

7 Cups Flour

1 1/2 t Cinnamon

1 t Salt

Cream together shortening, sugar. Add egg, beat well. Add molasses and vinegar. Sift together flour, spices, soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add 1 cup boiling water. Mix well. If necessary add more flour to make a soft dough. Drop by teaspoons on greased baking sheet. Bake in moderate oven @ 350 degrees 10-12 minutes.

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An old friend named Fran gave me this recipe. All I remember is the cookies were good and Fran was a bowling buddy of mine. Those were the days. Yes, they were.

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Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck

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