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Chewy Brownie Cookies


Chewy Brownie Cookies, 1993 recipe

2/3 cup Crisco Shortening
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tbsp. water
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (12 oz. pkg.)

1. Heat oven to 375˚F.

2. Combine Crisco, light brown sugar, water and vanilla in large mixing bowl.

3. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat eggs into creamed mixture.

4. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Mix into creamed mixture at low speed until just blended.

5. Stir in chocolate chips.

6. Drop rounded measuring tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.

7. Bake one baking sheet at a time at 375˚ for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are set. Cookies will appear soft and moist — do not overbake.

8. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes. Place sheets of foil on countertop. Remove cookies to foil to cool completely. Yields about 3 dozen cookies.

Retro Holiday Baking: Ultimate Sugar Cookie

Few things are as fun as making holiday sugar cookies with little kids. I let my niece and nephews start sprinkling on the colored sugar when they were only about three. The results would never have made it into Martha Stewart Living but the kids were crazy happy to show off their cookies.


The Ultimate Sugar Cookie
1994 recipe from old Crisco advertising

1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup Butter Flavor Crisco
2 eggs
1/4 cup light corn syrup or regular pancake syrup (which is NOT the same thing as maple syrup)
1 tbsp. vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

1. Heat oven to 375˚F.

2. Combine sugar and Crisco in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, syrup and vanilla. Beat well.

3. Combine 3 cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add gradually to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix until well blended. Divide dough into quarters.

Tip: If dough is too sticky/soft to roll, wrap each quarter of dough with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour. Keep refrigerated until ready to roll.

4. Spread 1 tbsp. of flour on large sheet of waxed paper.

5. Place quarter of dough on the floured paper. Flatten dough slightly, turn over and cover with another sheet of waxed paper. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out with floured cookie cutter. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with decors or leave plain to frost when cooled.

6. Bake at 375˚F for 5 - 9 minutes, (bake smaller, thinner cut-outs closer to 5 minutes). DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove to counter or wire rack to cool completely, then frost if desired.

Makes about 3 - 4 dozen cookies, depending on size.


This kid's mom just told him that if he behaves himself at church he can have sugar cookies when he gets home. Just this once.


 Recipe via Aunt B Simply Living
Image via Pinterest


Nuts-for-Chocolate Bars

Must remember these for when holiday baking season begins.


Nuts-for-Chocolate Bars
old recipe from 1993 advertising

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar, divided
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, divided
1 pkg. (4 oz.) Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate
1 cup Karo Light or Dark Corn Syrup
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped Diamond Walnuts

Heat over to 350˚F. Mix flour and 1/2 cup of the sugar in small bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup of the margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press firmly into bottom of a greased, foil-lined 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Microwave chocolate and remaining 1/4 cup butter in large microwavable bowl on high for 1 1/2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir in corn syrup, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with walnuts. Bake 30 min. or until filling is set. Cool in pan. Cut into bars. Makes 3 dozen.


1990s moms bought their jeans from the JCPenney catalog.

The term 'mom jeans' really took off after this 2003 SNL parody commercial.



Recipe via Eudaemonius
Image via  Buzzfeed

German Sweet Chocolate Pie

If you're dieting, move along, nothing to see here.


German Sweet Chocolate Pie
recipe from 1994 advertising

1 pkg. (4 oz.) Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate
1/3 cup milk, divided
4 oz. Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, softened
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip Lite
1 Keebler Ready Crust Graham Cracker Pie Crust (6 oz.)
Additional Cool Whip for topping

Microwave chocolate and 2 tbsp. of the milk in a large microwavable bowl on HIGH for  1 1/2 or 2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring halfway through heating time. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.

Beat in cream cheese, sugar and remaining milk until well blended. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Stir in Cool Whip until smooth. Spoon into crust.

Freeze 4 hours or until firm. Garnsh with additional Cool Whip if desired. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes or until pie can be cut easily. Makes 8 servings.

Via Aunt B Simply Living

Retro Sweet: Double-Chocolate Fudge


Double-Chocolate Fudge
recipe from 1993 Borden advertisement

2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (11 1/2 oz.) package milk chocolate chips
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (not evaporated milk)
2 tbsp. cream or milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

In saucepan, over low heat, melt semi-sweet chocolate chips with 2/3 cup Eagle Brand, 1tbsp. cream and 1 tsp. vanilla. Remove from heat; stir in 1/2 cup walnuts. Spread evenly into foil-lined 9-inch square pan. In another saucepan, over low heat, melt milk chocolate chips with remaining Eagle Brand, 1 tbsp.cream and 1 tsp. vanilla. Remove from heat; stir in remaining walnuts. Spread over fudge in pan. Chill 2 hours, or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off foil and cut into squares. Store loosley covered at room temperature.

Via Aunt Simply Living

Retro Dessert: Chocolate Bundles

 Easie peasie pastry recipe from 1993. The perfect way to fool treat your Valentine.


Chocolate Bundles

1 sheet Pepperidge Farm Frozen Puff Pastry
1 package (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Confectioner's sugar

Thaw pastry 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425˚F.

On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry to a 12-inch square; cut into four 6-inch squares.

In the center of each square, place1/4 cup chocolate and 1 tbsp. walnuts.

Bring pastry corners together just above chocolate; twist and turn. Fan out corners.

Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Let stand at least 10 minutes.

Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve. Makes 4 individual servings.

 Click here to learn how to make Molten Spiced Chocolate Cabernet Cakes.

Via Eudaemonius

1990 recipe for ham & cheese casserole

You know what time of year it is, don't you? 

It's casserole season.

1990 ham + Cheese casserole

Cheesy Ham Casserole

1/2 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
2 cups fresh or frozen broccoli flowerets, thawed
1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) 100% natural Kraft shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped Oscar Mayer ham
1 1/2 cups corkscrew noodles, cooked drained
1/2 cup chopped red or green pepper
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup seasoned croutons (optional)

Mix all ingredients except 1/2 cup cheese and croutons

Spoon into 1 1/2-quart casserole, Sprinkle with remaining cheese and croutons.

Bake at 350˚, 30 minutes or microwave on high for 8 - 10 minutes or until heated through.

Makes 4 - 6 servings.

Easy Streusel Pumpkin Pie, 1993 recipe



Easy Streusel Pumpkin Pie

2 Pet-Ritz Deep Dish Pie Crusts, frozen*
2 eggs
1 can (16 oz.) solid pack pumpkin
1 can (12 fl. oz.) Pet Evaporated Milk
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar, divided usage
3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided usage
1/4 cup chopped California walnuts

1. Preheat oven and baking sheet 375˚F.

2. In large bowl, using a wire whisk, whisk together eggs, pumpkin, milk, 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tsp. spice. Pour filling into one frozen crust. Bake on preheated baking sheet 30 minutes.

3. While still frozen, crumble second crust into very small pieces; toss with remaining 2 tbsp. sugar, 1 tsp. spice and walnuts. Sprinkle topping evenly over pie. Bake an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Serves 8.

*Note: For Pet-Ritz Regular Pie Crusts, use 4 crusts to make 2 pies. Bake pies an additional 20 minutes after sprinkling with streusel topping. Serves 12.

Click here to learn how to make a Hot Pumpkin Cocktail.

Via Eudaemonius

Retro Rice Recipes

I'm rice-challenged. No matter if I follow the directions on a box of rice to the letter, the rice won't turn out right.

Fortunately, my husband has an innate talent for making rice. He never reads directions. He wings it every time. And the result is always perfect.

Before I met my husband, I had no choice but to make Minute Rice. It's real rice but they do something to it to make it cook quickly. The end result is fairly rice-like. 

1999 minute rice recipes

15-Minute Cheesy Chicken & Rice

Heat 1 tbsp. oil on medium-high heat. Add 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves; cover. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Remove from skillet. Add 1 3/4 cups water; bring to boil. Stir in 2 cups Minute Rice, 2 cups broccoli flowerets and 12 oz. cut up Velveeta processed cheese product. Top with chicken; cover. Cook on low heat 5 minutes. Stir. Serves 4.

10-Minute Santa Fe Rice

Boil 2 cups water in saucepan. Stir in 2 cups Minute Rice, 1 cup drained canned black or red beans and 1 cup salsa; cover. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Serves 4.


If you're feeling adventurous, click here for a retro recipe for risotto.