Favorite Recipes

Cake Doughnuts

Like Mom (Doris) used to make


3-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose Flour

4-1/2 tsps Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. Mace, 1 tsp. Salt

Sift these first 5 ingredients together.

3 tbsp melted Butter or Margarine

1 cup granulated Sugar

Cream together with spoon until light.

4 Egg Yolks, beaten

Add to butter and sugar; beat well with spoon.

Add 1 tsp Real Vanilla and blend.

Add thirds of flour mixture alternately with

1 cup + 2 tbsp Milk

Begin and end with flour mixture.

If necessary, add up to 1/2 cup more flour to make a easily handled dough.


Chill dough 1 hour or longer.

Roll dough on floured board to 1/2" thickness; cut with small, floured doughnut cutter. Fry in 1-1/2" shortening, lard, or salad oil, heated to 375 degrees on deep fat thermometer.

Fry as many at one time as will float easily on fat. (Probably three.) As soon as the doughnuts rise to the surface, turn. Turn often until golden and done. Remove and drain on brown paper. Cool and roll in granulated or powdered sugar.

Jane's Never-Fail Cupcakes
From the kitchen of: The Garlock Girls

Great beginner's recipe. I learned to bake with this recipe about 1944 in Dumont, NJ and Anita and Marilyn cut their baking teeth on it in Oklahoma City.


1 stick Butter or Margarine (softened)

1 Egg

1/2 cup Cocoa

1-1/2 cup Flour

1 tsp. Soda

1 cup Sugar

1/2 cup Buttermilk

1/2 cup HOT water


Line cupcake tins with paper liners.

Place all ingredients into bowl and beat at medium speed till well-blended.

Bake at 350 degrees till done and toothpick comes out clean. About 20-25 minutes.

Makes about 16 cupcakes. Ice with confectioner's sugar frosting.

Mom's Happy Hotcakes

Originally Rosie's recipe who gave it to Anita who gave it to Mom. Mom sent to Janice with the greeting, "Happy Hot Cakes!"


1 cup Flour

1 tsp. Soda

1-1/4 cup Buttermilk

1 Egg

1 tbsp. melted Butter



Sift flour and soda into bowl and add rest of ingredients.

Beat all together slightly (a few little lumps will remain).

Bake on HOT, greased griddle.

Makes 8-10 pancakes


Easy Popcorn Balls
Janice's recipe, Mom and Rosie's tradition

Mom made popcorn balls every Halloween and Christmas. So did Rosie. Mom collected her cellophane all year long to be sure she had all the colors. Tammy Irwin remembers having to keep her eyes open and travel all over town throughout the year to collect the cellophane for Mom.


2 cups granulated Sugar

1 cup light Corn Syrup

1 cup Water

3 tbsp. Butter

2 qts. popped popcorn


Cook sugar, corn syrup, water, and butter to 260 degrees or soft crack stage (20-30 minutes)

You can pop the corn while the syrup is cooking.

Pour very slowly over 2 quarts salted popped corn while stirring to mix. Be careful not too pour the syrup to close to your hand. Syrup sticks and continues to burn.

Mold into balls. Keep hands greased with butter or moisten slightly with cold water while forming balls. Lay on waxed paper to cool.

Wrap in colored cellophane and store.


Mom's Sugar Cookies
Mary Alice>Mom>Janice

These are the soft, puffy, cake-like sugar cookies. I called Mom and asked her for the "recipe" and she told me her 'guesstimates'. I tried it a few times and honed it to the following. Mom passed approval on them.


2 cups Sugar

1/2 cup Butter or Margarine

1/2 cup solid shortening (Crisco)

2 Eggs

4 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

2/3 cup Milk

About 4-1/2 to 5 cups sifted all-purpose Flour

1 tsp Real Vanilla


Makes about 5 dozen 3" cookies.


Cream sugar and shortening, add eggs. Sift dry ingredients. Add vanilla to milk. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, ending with flour.

Roll out to about 1/4" thickness and cut with floured cookie cutter. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes until puffy and bottom is lightly browned. (You can see them browning at the edges). Remove with spatula and allow to cool on waxed paper. When cool, ice with confectioner's sugar frosting. (For Christmas we had Santa Clauses and Christmas trees with colored frosting. Mom would make round cookies, frost with white frosting, then put red cinnamon hearts on for Valentine's Day).

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