This vintage cookie recipe dates back to the 1930s. Vintage Rocks Cookies are fast and easy to make and don't require any special equipment.
A large bowl and a spoon will work wonderfully well. After all, if it was good enough for grandma...
One bowl, one spoon, and one simple recipe. These rocks cookies are like taking a flavorful step back in time.
This is a recipe re-do from one I shared back in 2011. While the photos may have changed, the recipe has remained the same. I do hope you'll enjoy the flavor of friendship, and of a simpler time.
The ingredient list:
- brown sugar
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- baking soda
- ground cinnamon
Below is one of my original photos from 2011. I think that you'll agree, it wasn't the best, but at the time I thought I was "rockin' it!" LOL! Pun intended!
A step back in time about this recipe for vintage rocks cookies:
A while ago a twitter friend of mine sent me a fabulous vintage cookbook from her collection after she'd heard that I was starting my own vintage cookbook collection.
It was such a kind gesture that I sincerely hope she understands what her surprise gift in the mail meant to me.
Upon paging through the book, I ran across a small, warn slip of paper with a handwritten recipe that simply said "Rocks".
The directions were sparse as were the list of ingredients. I immediately knew I had to make these cookies as my tribute to this unknown woman whose spirit is now welcomed into my kitchen with open arms and our shared love of baking.
I'm going to assume that my new/old found friend is Ruth B. Maxwell of Miniwa, Ohio and this cookbook had been lovingly given to her by Grandma Leyda.
It's hard to see these names as they're written in faint pencil on the inside cover of the book, but they're there.
These two women, whom I've never had the pleasure of meeting, are now a part of my heart and home. I am grateful to have them grace my kitchen as I share with you their recipe for "Rocks".
I felt it only appropriate that I did it the old-fashioned way so I opted to use a large bowl and a wooden spoon instead of my modern Kitchenaid mixer.
I think Ruth and Grandma Leyda would have been pleased.
Having a decent knowledge of cookie baking, the fact that the recipe seemed to be missing a considerable amount of directions wasn't a deterrent for me at all so I forged ahead.
The only thing I did change however to the list of ingredients (if you know me, then you know I can't be stopped even if it means messing with history).
To the original recipe, I added a pinch of salt, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Is it so wrong?
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1930's Vintage Rocks Cookies
- kitchen timer optional
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- 1 cup butter softened
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius)
- In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and the brown sugar.
- Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter and sugar mixture and stir to combine.
- Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon to the mixing bowl and stir well to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Add the walnuts and raisins and mix well.
- Drop the batter by tablespoons onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool.
I sincerely hope you'll enjoy this vintage cookie recipe as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you.
Thank you so much for visiting me today in my Kudos Kitchen. I hope you found something you'll love and that you'll come back and visit me often. There is always room for you around my table!
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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!!