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Warren Harding’s Favorite – Almond Cookies

All of the ingredients needed + a lemon 🍋

We made Warren Harding’s favorite Almond Cookie in the kitchen tonight.

The almond cookies were very popular during the Harding Administration. The White House grounds had been closed during World War 1 and when the Harding Presidency began in 1921, The White House and the magnificent grounds were re-opened to the American public after being closed for so long.

It was a joyous occasion to have The White House open again and President and Mrs Harding loved holding socials on the White House lawn – especially on Sunday’s. Everyone would wear their “Sunday Best” and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the lawn. The food was always delicious and there were plenty of lemonade, punch, cookies, cakes and sandwiches. One of the most popular cookies was an almond cookie – which was an absolute favorite of Warren Harding.

Recipe

Ingredients

3/4 Cups of Sifted Flour
2 Eggs (used separately)

1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup of butter (2 sticks), softened to room temperature
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
Grated rind of one lemon
Just a dash of salt
1/2 Cup grated and blanched almonds (we used slivered almonds)
Blanched almonds for garnish (we used slivered almonds)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a bowl. sift the flour and set aside.

In another bowl. mix thoroughly I whole egg, sugar, butter, baking soda, lemon rind, salt, and grated almonds (we used slivered almonds)

Add the sifted flour to the mixture and mix thoroughly.

Form the dough into 2 rolls about 2 inches in diameter.

Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.

Unwrap and cut into 1/8-inch slices.

Place sliced cookies on an ungreased baking sheet

Brush the cookie dough with the other egg that has been beaten

Decorate each cookie with 3 blanched almonds ( we used slivered almonds)

Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are browned.

Cool on a cooking rack for a few minutes before removing.

Makes about 2 to 3 dozen cookies. All depends on how you slice them. We got 2 dozen from the ones we made tonight.

Peanut Butter Cookies

The recipe I used was directly from a Betty Crocker cookbook – the same recipe my mother used many years ago.

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup shortening

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine or butter, softened

1 large egg

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Mix into a large bowl with a wooden spoon the following: granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, margarine or butter (softened) and egg.

Stir into the mixture: all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Shape the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Put the balls about 3 inches onto a cookie sheet. Flatten balls gently in cross cross pattern with a fork dipped in sugar.

Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Cool cookies 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove with spatula to a wire rack. Then cool.

Recipe from: Betty Crocker’s Best of Baking cookbook, 1997.

In the Kitchen Today…Jackie Kennedy’s Hot Fruit Dessert

Have you ever wondered what former First Lady and President Kennedy enjoyed eating? Besides the usual favorite of President Kennedy which was his recipe for Fish Chowder or Mrs Kennedy’s famous waffle recipe. the White House chef often made this delicious dessert composed of fruit – baked in the oven. I envision fruit best served as a cold and refreshing dessert but Mrs Kennedy often served this Hot Fruit Dessert to her guests and family.

For the recipe just click here.

It was a simple recipe to make and is something you can make in your own kitchen and dine like President and Mrs Kennedy!

Happy Birthday, Frances Cleveland 🇺🇸

Today in American History…Frances Cleveland was born on July 21, 1864 in Buffalo, New York. She was the wife of President Grover Cleveland and was the First Lady from 1886-1889 and again from 1893-1897. She became the First Lady at the young age of twenty-one and still remains the youngest First Lady in American History.

The Cleveland family enjoyed simple American food – nothing fancy for them! For desserts they enjoyed a plain frosted cake or their favorite cookie which was Snickerdoodles.

So in honor of Frances Cleveland’s Birthday, we made a batch of Snickerdoodles in our kitchen while using the delicious recipe for Snickerdoodles from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Today in the Kitchen…Nancy Reagan’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie

We found this delicious piece of history while researching today and stumbled across it while looking online here

These are the simple ingredients we used today! See if you have them in YOUR kitchen and bake like a First Lady 🇺🇸
Mix all of the ingredients into a medium sized bowl (except for the pecans)
Now add the pecans on top and bake! Make sure your oven is pre-heated to 350 degree. We baked the pie for 40 minutes and it was perfect. Enjoy!