18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, September 6, 1913: I made some cookies this morning—and fortunately we all have pretty good teeth.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Hmm—I wonder what kind of cookies Grandma made, and what went wrong.
Maybe Grandma made Apple Cookies. They’re wonderfully moist—and a little chewy (but I don’t think that they’d require good teeth to eat.)
Old-fashioned Apple Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup milk
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup unpared apples, chopped
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream sugar and butter, then add egg. Stir in remaining ingredients except nuts and fruit. Add walnuts, apples, and raisins. Drop by teaspoonful on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Yield: approximately 48 cookies