Ask Cynthia a Question – January 16, 2013

This week’s Answer to Ask Cynthia a Question is in response to the hunt for a Chocolate Raisin and Nut Drop Cookie recipe requested by Julie S. before the holidays. Through the years Julie lost track of the recipe, but she clearly remembered it coming from the Joy of Cooking.

The Joy of Cooking has gone through more than its share of revisions since it was first published in 1931, but our diligence paid off when we at last found the recipe in the Joy of Cooking 1946, 1951 and 53 editions. After making a batch of the Chocolate Raisin and Nut Drop “Cakes” it’s easy to understand why they’re a sweet memory of Christmases past for Julie. The cookies are crisp on the outside with soft, moist centers. Their chocolate flavor falls somewhere between milk and semi-sweet, although the 1953 edition calls for more chocolate than the 1946. Bits of raisins create additional richness and the broken nuts add a satisfying crunch. They’re a vintage treat you and your family will delight in just as they were originally enjoyed in 1946.

Julie and I would like to thank everyone who pitched-in to help find the recipe. ♥


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