Diane Prather

Diane Prather

Diane Prather: Wintertime cookie recipes

— Before long, we hope, warmer weather will have us out of the house. But, until that that time, these snowy days allow more time for baking.

This week's column features one recipe for cookies and one for bars. There is no source written on the recipe card for either recipe. The first one might have come from my mother, Judy Osborn.

You need the following ingredients to make "Applesauce Cookies:" 1/2 cup butter or margarine, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 cup thick applesauce, 1 3/4 cups sifted flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 cup raisins (optional).

I don't like raisins, so I don't use them in this recipe.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Cream the margarine or butter, and then add the sugar gradually, creaming until light. Add the egg and beat well. Stir in the applesauce.

Stir together the dry ingredients and add them to the creamed mixture in fourths, mixing well each time. Fold in the nuts and raisins.

Drop by teaspoons, two inches apart, on the cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.

I've had this recipe for "Toll House Marble Squares" a long time.

This is what you need: 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sifted flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup soft butter or shortening, (or half of each), 6 tablespoons granulated sugar, 6 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon water, 1 egg, 1/2 cup coarsely-chopped nuts and 1 6-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate morsels.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 13- by 9-inch baking dish.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Blend butter or shortening, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and water. Beat in the egg.

Mix in the flour mixture. Stir in the nuts. Spread the mixture in the baking dish.

Sprinkle the semi-sweet chocolate morsels over the top of the batter. Place in a 375-dgree oven for 1 minute.

Remove the dish from the oven. Run a knife through the batter to marbleize it, return to the oven and bake 12 to 14 minutes at 375 degrees.

Cool and cut. It makes about two dozen bars.

Next week's column will feature a hamburger and stuffing casserole.

Please send your favorite recipes to me at Box 415, Craig, Colo. 81626 or call me at 824-8809.

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