The “food scrapbook” I’m sharing today was published in 1971, but it was originally published in 1934. The 1971 version is just updated a bit to allow for the modern conveniences of the time. The recipes are, for the most part, the same as they were in 1934.
Since 1934 was during the time of The Great Depression, it was interesting to look through the recipes because they are pretty basic and use items that were abundant and inexpensive at the time. Most of the recipes are variations using a lot of the same ingredients as well. So, if they had the few basic ingredients in their kitchen, they could make most of the recipes in the book.
To make it even better, it is a Hershey’s book!! The best chocolate on the market!! In my opinion, of course. 😊
The recipe I used was a no-thrills cookie recipe, but they sure are yummy! Let’s look at some prices from 1934 and then I’ll share the recipe and a few pictures from the book…
- New home- $5970.00
- Monthly rent- $20.00
- Annual income- $1600.00
- Gallon of gas- $0.10
- Loaf of bread- $0.08
- Pound of hamburger- $0.12
Sounds great, doesn’t it? We should remember that it was during the Depression…even these prices were expensive for families that were struggling with unemployment. On the positive side, they had this recipe for yummy cookies…
Cocoa Molasses Drop Cookies
*Ingredients and directions as written in the book*
1/3 cupful butter…1/3 cupful granulated sugar…1/3 cupful molasses…1 egg…7/8 cupful sifted flour (all-purpose)…1 teaspoonful baking powder…3 tablespoonfuls Hershey’s Cocoa…1/2 cupful chopped nuts.
Cream butter and sugar; add molasses and the egg. Sift together flour, baking powder and cocoa; add to the first mixture. Stir in the nuts, and drop mixture from the end of a spoon onto greased baking tins (cookie sheets). Bake in a moderate oven (375 degrees) for 8 to 10 minutes. Yield: About 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
These are so quick and easy to make! Yummy too!! Welcome back to 2015…