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Sour Cream Spice Cake and Christmas Cookies (requested)

Here is another recipe submitted in a conversational tone, rather than in the standard recipe format.  I realize that “Iowa Spring Robin” is just telling me how to make her cake, but she’s doing it in only four sentences. That would probably have earned me a low grade in English class.  On the other hand, maybe the recipe is just being handed down from a previous generation.  The Christmas Cookies recipe begins with the list of ingredients so at least I’ll know what I need to make them.  The cookies almost remind me of fruitcake because of all the fruit and nuts in them.

Sour Cream Spice Cake

Cream 1/2 cup butter and 2 cups brown sugar, add 3 egg yolks and beat thoroughly.  Stir together three times 2 cups cake flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon each allspice, cloves and cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/’2 teaspoon baking soda, and add to the egg-sugar mixture with 1 cup sour cream.  Fold in the stiffly beaten whites of three eggs.  Bake in buttered pan in moderate oven, 350 degrees F. for 45 to 50 minutes.


Christmas Cookies

One and one half cups brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup sweet milk
1 cup raisins
1 cut dates
1 cup figs
1 cup nut meats
4 cups flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Chop nuts, cut fruits into small pieces, then put fruit into a bowl and add 1/2 cup hot water and set aside to cool.  Sift the 3 cups flour with all the other dry ingredients three times.  Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add well beaten eggs.  Lastly add the fruits with the other cup of flour.  Bake in hot oven.

The above recipes are sent in by — Iowa Spring Robin


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