17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, December 18, 1912: Am beginning to get ready for Christmas. Picked out some walnut bits.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
What was Grandma going to make with the walnuts? Maybe she made cookies . Here’s an old recipe for Black Walnut Cookies.
Old-Fashioned Black Walnut Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup coarsely chopped black walnuts
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butter, brown sugar, and eggs together. Stir in milk and vinegar. Then, stir in baking soda and salt. Add flour and stir until combined. Stir in black walnuts. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour. Drop rounded teaspoons about 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 8 – 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Yield: approximately 3 dozen cookies
I love these cookies. They are an old-fashioned soft cookie with the robust, rich taste of black walnuts.
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