Pioneer Woman at Heart

One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Barf Cookies ~ An already in the file recipe

Recipes seem to lurk all around my kitchen.  Even though I am on the road to completely being organized (a bunch of larky), I realized I had a recipe box in one cupboard that I haven't opened for years.

Actually, we only opened it to access cookie/candy recipes at Christmas.

I decided to empty that cupboard, purge, wipe it out and start tossing recipes from the box.  One recipe book went to one of the girl's hope chest for when she moves out.  One recipe book will go to the library as a donation.

I found fun recipes in the process.  Like one from Jr. High School Home Economics class, ha ha!

And one of my mother's family favorite, hand-me-down, recipes - Barf Cookies.

Graham Cracker Cookies
1 1/2 cups butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 c. chopped pecans
-graham crackers

Mix first 3 ingredients over low heat until dissolved. Layer graham crackers on a greased baking sheet (a baking sheet with edges works best).  About the size of a 12 x 14 inch pan.  Spoon topping over the crackers.  Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.

Although the recipe was really called Graham Cracker Cookies, we all called them "Barf Cookies" during childhood. Oddly, that's what they looked like, but they are very good.

In my quest to clean out the recipe box, I found that I had some recipes copied more than once, and about 6 different hot chocolate recipes.  Oh dear.  Some extras went to the kids, and some were tossed.  I still have a mess to go through today.  Some were on 3 x 5 cards and my current boxes hold 4 x 6, so some are being glued to larger cards today and some rewritten.

I have many of my Grandmother's recipes, which most I won't be making. I think I'll put them in a pocket photo album for keeping to pass to the kids.  Some I kept in my recipe box.  One recipe required "Teem" pop.   

This morning's sunrise was beautiful. There is an advantage to have to go outside early for firewood and walk dogs.


Mama Pea said...

Every time I read one of your posts about your purging and cleaning, I feel energized to do the same. (Don't always follow through though.) Keep it up and I may be urged on to be as good as you in that department!

Susan said...

I love going through old recipes. There is so much family history involved with the food we fix and eat. I have my grandmother's peanut butter brittle recipe which I have tried to make, but it never tastes as good as hers. Given my dietary changes now, I should really jettison most of them.

Rain said...

Oh gosh...junior high seems like too long ago. I had one semester of home ec and I cannot remember what we did at all. I only remember the boys getting to taste what we made and overall it was a boyfriend's grandmother had some great recipes, before she passed away he tried to get as many as he could written down because she had the gift of remembering any and all recipes by heart. When he remembers a dish she used to make, we rack our brains a little to figure out the ingredients and I'd say 75% of the time we can re-create them. Those barf cookies do sound yummy!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Mama Pea, glad I can help. I still have a stack of old recipes to go through yet.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Susan, there are so many from my Grandma that I will never make. One recipe calls for "Teem" pop, ha ha!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Rain, I totally forgot about them. I will have to try them on homemade grahams now. Back in the day, we just bought the crackers.

RB said...

Some of the old time recipes made with various pops/sodas/etc., are WW2 ration recipes, when luxuries like sugar and butter were sent to be used for soldiers, and mothers, wives and sweethearts at home compensated by using sodas, syrups, made by manufacturers who weren't rationed for their recipes.
BTW - Barf Cookies mean something a little different in our house. LOL
The recipe reminds me a bit of what some call Chocolate Crack which is saltines spread on a cookie sheet, topped with a layer of melted chocolate, sometimes with chopped nuts, dried fruits, etc., on top.
God bless.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

RB, only one of the very old recipes calls for lard, and has no cooking time nor temperature. It should be fun trying it soon.