Monday, June 01, 2009

Butterscotch Squares

When I was at the ER for myself at 3 AM Sunday morning, I found myself thinking about recipes. Frankly, what else can you think about there? I was also thinking about crazy people who sleep in ER waiting rooms with their heads resting on the germ filled seats. I finished my book - Debbie Macomber's Summer on Blossom Street - in the first hour. It was pretty good, though.
I was there with an unstoppable cough and chest pains. Five hours and several steroids later, I returned home ready to conquer an entire day of Mulan (over and over), sick boys and husband and DS playing. I did not have energy to make anything, but I did scan some cookbooks for ideas for my Vintage Holidays program this fall and winter. A flattering number of libraries have hired me to give this talk, and I am excited about it. My mother feels I need to offer something with mincemeat, and there are mincemeat tarts in this picture, also from the Cookie volume of the 1958 Good Housekeeping series. I just don't know which. I am also distracted by the big knife What on earth needs to be cut with that? That apple? Anyone who tries to eat your cookies? It's unclear.
Here's a good, simple blondie recipe from this volume.
Butterscotch Squares
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts (um, any kind? Pistachios? I'm guessing walnuts.)
Start heating oven to 350F. Grease and flour 11X7X1 1/2 pan (pretty specific, odd). Sift flour with baking powder. In heavy saucepan over low heat, melt butter; add sugar; bring to boil, stirring. Cool till lukewarm. Drop in eggs, one at a time, mixing well. Mix in vanilla, flour mixture, and nuts. Turn into pan. Bake 30 - 35 minutes, or until done. (So one option is the 30 minutes undone?) Cool in pan; cut (with a huge knife, apparently). If desired, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.


Jessica said...


When you make these vintage recipes, are you making them "as is" or are you "lightening them up" if there is a way to do so?

Just curious (and hope you are feeling better).

Amy said...

Good question. I don't make all the ones I post here, often I just like to post weird or fun ones from the cookbooks. But yes, I definitely try to lighten them up. Otherwise I think I'd be in the ER with other types of chest pains!
If you have tips on making any of these more healthy, send them along. I'll best the readers would be very interested.