Welcome to day 15 of Baltimore Baking Examiner’s 25 days of Christmas cookie recipes. Today’s recipe comes from the 1940s. Refrigerator cookies are always popular during the holiday season. In June of 1942 Gourmet Magazine created a splendid refrigerator cookie recipe called Honey Refrigerator Cookies. In the book The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipes From Each Year 1941 – 2009 the authors gives a synopsis of this recipe’s publication by saying “The war was on, and sugar was rationed. Aiming to do its patriotic bit, Gourmet printed an article showing readers how to use honey in place of sugar. The author of the article considered the shortage of sugar a good thing, harrumphing that until the discovery of sugar refining in the middle of the eighteenth century, cooks were very happy to rely on honey. He expressed the hope that ‘with the present curtailment in our sugar supply, honey will regain much of its former glory.’ That desire is probably why these cookies are so good; delicate and barely sweet, they are almost biscuit-like and go well with cheese. They also improve immeasurably with age. In a sign of the times, the recipe ran next to a cartoon of a woman emerging from a car in front of a fancy restaurant, peering at the 30-minute parking sign and saying to her husband, ‘Sometimes I think you park in these restricted areas so we won’t have time to order the deluxe dinner.'” The recipe for this cookie is as follows:
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of shortening
- 1 egg
- 2-1/2 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
- Cream together the honey, brown sugar, and shortening.
- Beat in the egg
- Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nuts.
- Shape the dough into a roll or loaf.
- Allow cookies to ripen for a day or two in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice cookies and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Everything that the author said about these cookies is true, They are delicate, barely sweet and almost biscuit-like. These cookies pare magnificently with cheese and are a great snack for any time of the year. The ISBN number for The Gourmet Cookie Book is 978-0-547-32816-4. Baltimore City residents can purchase the ingredients for this recipe at the following locations: Whole Foods Market 1330 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD 21209 and Giant Foods 1020 41st Street Baltimore, MD 21211.