Mum and Na on a chilly day in Newdale, Manitoba, Canada, c. 1919. Looks like a great day for making cookies together. (Love those muffs! Warm hands! )
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My Na, I'm sure, never missed a chance to pass on a recipe she liked, so here is one of my childhood favourites - a cookie recipe that easily makes enough for a party.
BUTTERSCOTCH CRISPS (Ice Box)
1 cup shortening
2 cups Brown sugar
2 eggs, unbeaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 ¾ cups A.P. (all purpose) flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts
Cream shortening (part butter) and sugar until light. Add unbeaten egg and vanilla.
Beat well. Sift flour, soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Blend well. Add nuts.
Shape into rolls, wrap in waxed paper. Chill until very firm. Slice thin and bake on ungreased sheet 375° - 8-10 minutes.
When I was little, ice box cookies were a real ‘convenience’ to busy mums and grandmas. Before a party, this recipe would be made up and left rolled in the ‘fridge till time to get ready. No, I’m not old enough to remember ice boxes, although we did have a cool cupboard, but still we always called them 'ice box cookies'.
This is one of a number of recipes I have written out by my Na, my maternal grandmother. I sure remember these cookies. I love butterscotch and Na always used at least some real butter in her baking. (Notice she doesn’t say how much? Might depend on the budget!) But so good!
Na was Amy Estella (IRWIN) SCOTT, born in 1884 in Newdale, Manitoba, Canada; she died in 1983 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.