Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys and Girls, 1957 (reissued in 2003)
This cookbook belongs in the category of family hand-me-down. Well, not quite, since it's yet to be handed down. My mom has had it since childhood and still uses it occasionally. I have to borrow it from her shelves when I want to use it. I learned to make chocolate pudding cake from this cookbook, as well as butterscotch brownies. When I was little I loved the cheesy comments at the bottom of the pages from children of the day, as well as the sage advice of Betty Crocker. I also loved the photographs of the food, particularly the cakes. Our book has now seen better days with a broken binding and missing pages. I think it would definitely be worth my while to buy a new copy.
Last week I had a craving for butterscotch brownies (or blondies as they are sometimes called). I added chocolate chunks to the recipe and used pecans for the nuts. I think I'd skip the chocolate next time. I like the classic version better.
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