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Old recipe for German kuchen

According to Wikipedia, kuchen is "the German word for cake... used in other languages as the name for several different types of sweet desserts, pastries, and gateaux."


Apple Kuchen
Recipe from old Betty Crocker advertising

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 pckg. Betty Crocker yellow cake mix
1/2 cup flaked, sweetened coconut
2 1/2 cups sliced, pared baking apples
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup sour cream 
2 egg yolks or 1 egg
Heat oven to 350˚.

Cut butter into dry cake mix until crumbly. Mix in coconut. Pat mixture lightly into ungreased oblong pan, 13 x 9 x 2 inches, building up slight edges.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Arrange apple slices on warm crust. Mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle on apples.

Blend sour cream and egg yolks; drizzle over apples. Note that the topping will not completely cover apples.

Bake 25 minutes or until edges are light brown. Do not over bake.

Serve warm. Makes 12 to 15 servings.

PEAR KUCHEN: Substitute 2 (16 oz. each) cans sliced pears, drained on paper towels, for the apples and 1 package of Betty Crocker devils food cake mix or German chocolate cake mix for the yellow cake mix.

PEACH KUCHEN: Substitute 1 can (29 oz.) sliced peaches, drained on paper towels, for the apples and 1 package of Betty Crocker white cake mix or sour cream white cake mix for the yellow cake mix.



According to Libby Hall, this woman is sitting in a German kitchen. Such a sweet scene.

Recipe via Extra Crispy One

Show someone you love them. With Jell-O and bananas.

As you may have guessed, I haven't had a lot of luck in procuring vintage Valentine's themed recipes.


The desserts in this ad look like something my mother-in-law might have served her guests. She hated cooking and was a big fan of convenience foods. 

She's still living — she's 93! — but she's now in an assisted living situation where someone else does all the cooking. And she couldn't be more pleased.


This is my mother-in-law, Dorothy Reynolds, on her wedding day in the 1940s. She was, and still is, very beautiful.


Vintage Valentine Strudels

These heart-shaped strudels are a lot easier to make than my grandmothers' apple strudel recipes.


Valentine Strudels
1976 recipe from Betty Crocker

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup dairy sour cream
3 tbs. butter,melted
Cherry Filling (below)
Pink Glaze (below)

Cut butter into flour and salt with pastry blender. Stir in sour cream until a soft dough forms. Wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hrs.

Heat oven to 350°. Divide dough into 3 parts. Roll 1 part dough into rectangle, 15" x 10", on lightly floured cloth covered board. Refrigerate remaining dough.

Brush butter lengthwise over about 2/3 of rectangle. Gently spread 1/3 of the Cherry Filling over butter. Roll up tightly beginning with fruit side. Place on greased baking sheet, bringing ends together to make a heart shape as pictured. Repeat with remaining 2 parts of dough.

Bake until light golden brown, about 40 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; drizzle with Pink Glaze. Makes 3 strudels.

Cherry Filling

Mix 1 jar (12 oz.) cherry preserves, 1/4 cup orange marmalade, 2 cups thinly sliced almonds and 1 cup golden raisins.

Pink Glaze

Mix 1 cup powdered sugar (I would sift it first), 1 to 2 tbsp. milk, 1 tbsp. butter, softened, 1/2 tsp. almond extract and 1 drop red food coloring.


Apparently, the connection between food and Valentine's Day is a long one.







Recipe via Vintage Recipe Cards

Log Cabin Whip

As you may know, Log Cabin Syrup is mostly corn syrup. If you want a more authentic maple flavor, I'd substitute Log Cabin Syrup with 100% pure maple syrup when making this recipe.


Log Cabin Whip
1953 recipe from old Log Cabin advertising

Place 1/2 cup heavy cream in chilled bowl and beat until cream holds its shape. (Do not overbeat.) Fold in 3 to 4 tbsp. Log Cabin Syrup. Use as topping for cake, pudding or other desserts. Makes one cup.

Shown above on cake with Log Cabin Syrup and chopped pistachio nuts.*

*Looks to me as though they drizzled some extra syrup over the cake first, before adding the Log Cabin Whip.


This smart mom was never fooled by corn syrup masquerading as maple syrup.


Recipe via craptoy
IMage via Charlie a Go-Go

Retro Hawaiian Dessert

This recipe came out three years before Hawaii became a State.


Pineapple Cheesecake
1956 recipe from vintage Borden's Eagle Brand advertising

20 graham crackers, finely crushed
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 3-oz.-pkgs. Borden’s Cream Cheese, softened
1 15 oz.-can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 eggs, separated
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1 1/2 cups canned crushed pineapple, with juice
1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice

Mix crumbs with butter; press into 8-in. square baking dish. Beat cheese until creamy. Add sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks; blend thoroughly. Beat egg whites until foamy; gradually add sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Carefully fold egg whites and vanilla into sweetened condensed milk mixture. Pour into dish. Bake at 350° F for 35 minutes. Cool. Mix pineapple, cornstarch and lemon juice in saucepan. Bring to a boil; simmer, stirring constantly, 10 minutes. Cool. Spread on cake.


These ladies have already had a few tiki cocktails while waiting for your pineapple cheesecake.


Recipe via Recipe Curio
Image via Kitschy Living

Retro Kahlua Mousse

Decadent chocolate mousse with a little Kahlua kick.

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Kahlua Mousse
Vintage recipe from 1987 Kahlua advertising

1 lb. dark sweet chocolate, cut into pieces
3 oz. butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup Kahlua
1 tsp. instant coffee powder
2 cups whipping cream
3 egg whites

Melt chocolate and butter in top of double boiler set over simmering water. In large bowl, combine sugar, yolks, Kahlua and coffee. Blend chocolate mixture into this. In another bowl., whip cream until stiff, gently fold into chocolate mixture; blend well. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into chocolate cream. Refrigerate overnight. Serve in goblets or bowl, as shown. Makes 10 to 12 servings.


Speaking of decadent... I don't know the story behind this old photo, but I'm sure it's nothing our mothers would have approved of.


Recipe via Shelley's mom
Image via Charlie A Go Go

Going Bananas Retro Style

According to this vintage guide to banana ripeness, for this recipe you should use a banana with a skin that's flecked with brown.

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Banana Pudding
1956 recipe from old Jell-well advertising

Prepare 1 pkg. of Jell-well Vanilla Pudding and Pie Filling according to directions on the box. Allow to cool. (If you prefer, use Jell-well Vanilla Instant Pudding prepared according to directions on the box.)

Line the bottom and sides of a low 9″ square dish with Jane Arden Vanilla Wafers. Cover the wafers with banana slices. Pour half of the pudding over the bananas. Add a second layer of wafers, bananas and the remaining pudding. Chill about 1 hour.

For an extra-special touch, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed vanilla wafers — or make a meringue topping and brown lightly.

Recipe via Click Americana

Elegant and easy retro dessert

My mother used ladyfingers in many of her homemade desserts.

Vintage recipe in old ad

Delight Fantastic
old recipe from vintage Kraft advertising

1. Dissolve 1 3-oz. pkg. lime-flavored gelatin and 1 3-oz. pkg. raspberry-flavored gelatin using 1 1/2 cups boiling water for each. Pour each into an 8" square pan. Chill overnight; cut in cubes

2. Dissolve 1 3-oz. pkg of lemon-flavored gelatin using 1 cup boiling water. Cool, while you soften 1 8-oz. pkg. of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Add gelatin mixture gradually blending until smooth. Chill until slightly thickened.

3. Fold in cubed gelatin and 6 cups (1 pkg.) Kraft Mini Marshmallows. Pour into 9" spring form pan lined with 2 3-oz. pkgs. of split ladyfingers. Chill until firm. Serves 10 to 12.


1950s moms knew a playboy when they saw one.



Recipe via Shelf Life Taste Test
Image via Mid-Century Modern Freak

Retro Apple Dumplings

When I read "hard sauce," I thought alcohol-spiked sauce. No such luck.

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Apple Dumplings
recipe from 1920 KC Baking Powder advertising

2 cups sifted pastry flour
2 level teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
about 3/4 cup milk
4 apples
cinamon or nutmeg

Sift together, three times, the flour, baking powder and salt; work in the shortening and mix to a dough with milk as needed; roll into a square sheet one-third inch thick and cut into four pieces. Lay a cored and pared apple on each piece, fill the center with sugar and cinnamon, then draw up the paste to cover the apple, make smooth, and bake on a buttered dish. When nearly baked, brush over with milk, dredge with granulated sugar, and return to the oven. Serve hot with hard sauce.

Hard Sauce recipe

Beat half a cup of butter to a cream, gradually beat in one cup of sugar. Grate nutmeg over the top.


In my grandmother's day, being called a "little dumpling" would have put a smile on her face.

Today it sounds like fat-shaming. 

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Image via Chatham Ho Treasures on ebay