I always love to try new recipes and I love to read cookbooks. Not just new cookbooks but old cookbooks as well. And old cookbooks have few, if any pictures. Instructions, too, are not as detailed as in the newer cookbooks. For cooks at that time knew the cooking basics.
I tend to be interested in cookbooks that are from specialty food shops or restaurants and books that were written by food writers.
Almost 12 years ago, I bought this book. Thought it was an interesting cookbook and when I got home, I never got around to reading it and put it on a shelf.
Ann Batchelder was the Food Editor of The Ladies Home Journal in the 30's and 40's and this book is dated 1941.
Once pulled from the shelf, I started reading it. I do like her writing style and one chapter is on Holiday Meals which is interesting.
And then when I got to the dessert section, I found this recipe . . .
Can you believe the cookies are called "Marthas"!
I've never heard of a "Martha" Cookie so I googled, but, alas, there was nothing I could find that referenced a Martha Cookie!
So their fame may have been short lived -- Pre World War II, I guess!
What would any cook do who found a namesake cookie recipe? Make them, of course!!!
So even with the heat, shortly after breakfast I had "Marthas" in the oven for I was anxious to try them.
They're a spice cookie with raisins and nuts and quite tasty methinks. I will make them again for they were a tasty cookie. Not really a tea cookie but good for an afternoon nosh with a glass of icy tea (which has replaced my cuppa during this heat wave). And they're a good cookie jar cookie.
And Oliver, who is definitely staying inside during this heat wave, suddenly came to attention, when the cookies came out of the oven . . . ! For I just may be making dog treats!!!!