Thursday Night Cookytime

Over Christmas, Linnea generously gave me a huge stack of old recipe books and pamphlets, filled to the brim with unfortunate recipes. She didn’t want them anymore but couldn’t bear to get rid of them, and she knew they would find a loving home in my house. If by loving you mean “they would be photographed and published on the Internet so that people could mock them.”

Tonight, an undated promotional booklet from Kellogg’s:

Cover of an undated recipe book put out by Kellogg's.   Cover reads:   it's Kellogg's [in the distinctive Kellogg's font] Cookytime Recipes  Photo is done in gold and black, and includes a photograph of cookies arrayed in rows in a large wooden tray.

That’s right, kids, it’s Cookytime!

From an undated recipe book published by Kellogs.   Top of the page for a recipe for 'Special K Cookies,' showing a coffeepot on the left and a steaming pot of coffee on the right.

I’m intrigued that Kellogg’s still holds and uses the “Special K” brandname despite the fact that I more commonly hear that name used in slang references to ketamine. This cookbook, of course is from a more innocent time. And, believe me, you do not want to see the recipe.

From an undated recipe cook published by Kellogs.   Recipe for 'Hermits.'  Recipe lists: 1 cup sifted flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup soft butter or margarine 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring 1 cup chopped nutmeats 1 cup finely cut pitted dates 2 cups Kellogg's 40% Bran Flakes  Directions read:  1. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt 2. Blend butter and sugar; add eggs and flavorings and beat well. 3. Stir in sifted dry ingredients together with nutmeats, dates and Bran Flakes, mixing until combined. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.  4. Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees F.) about 11 minutes.  Yield: about 4 dozen cookies, 2 inches in diameter  Photograph below shows a cutesy wicker basket filled with cookies which are rather revolting in appearance. Think lumpy. Very, very lumpy.