Sunday, August 22, 2010

Vintage Toddler Party: Frosted Chocolate Drops

This is from the Foodarama Party Book, 1959. They have a chapter on 'Parties for Small Fry.'  Here are tips for a party with 'Toddlers':
Two, three or four guests at this age are enough (or 1), and as they arrive, let them play with a few toys. Then Mother leads a 'Clapping March' to the party table. A placecard made of a single lollipop, based in a fat gumdrop, holds a taped-on-card with the child's name.

I hope then Mother goes back to the kitchen for a drink to get ready for when the sugar hits. Also - can toddlers read their own name?  Just a thought. Mine is gifted of course, but I don't know that I could get him to find his name. He'd just grab all the lollipops and yell 'CANDY.'

Here is a cookie recipe. the colors are a bit odd with the frosting, though, and readers here know I usually love food dye.

Frosted Chocolate Drops
1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup milk
Easy frosting (even easier - buy it)
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.  Cream shortening thoroughly; gradually beat in sugar and continue beating until well blended.  Add eggs and chocolate; beat well.  Stir in vanilla and raisins.  Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with the milk, a little at a time, and blend well.  Cover and chill about 1 hour in the Fresh Food Compartment of the Foodarama. (Hey - they had to tie it in somehow.)
Set oven for moderate 350F. Grease cooky sheets.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cooky sheets, about 2 inches apart.  Bake 12 - 15 minutes.  Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.  When cold, spread with frosting and decorate, if desired, with colored candy sprills. (sprinkles?) Makes about 5 dozen.

So they eat 5 dozen cookies, too? Put the fragile stuff away.

I have a fabulous guest tomorrow but I'll get back to the parties from this book later in the week. Wait until you see the slumber party for teenagers. Let's just say it might lead to a few baby showers if you follow the instructions...

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