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Included in this section are some family recipes. If you try and enjoy them please let us know. If you have a family traditional recipe you would like to add, feel free to send it in. Just don't forget the "family" story :) Karen Zach


I received this recipe from my old boss and good friend, Mary Bishop. She was the Director of the Crawfordsville Public Library when I was the Children's Librarian and she would make SOMETHING (our favorite request was this or the Lemon Squares -- see below) for each employee's meeting -- hey, we loved going to meetings -- can you say that???? These brownies are like none you've never made before and pretty easy to make -- try 'em, you'll like 'em -- GUARANTEED!!!

11 x 15" greased jelly roll pan.


1 1/2 C. Flour
1 C. Vegetable Oil
1 tsp. Salt
4 Eggs
2 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Water
1/2 C. Cocoa
2 tsp. Vanilla

Pour into pan, and sprinkle:
1/2 C. Pecans

Bake 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.


2 C. Powdered Sugar
2 T. Cocoa
2 T. butter (melted)
2-3 T. milk.

Spread over brownies while still warm.

Cut into squares while cool.


"Butter Pecan Bars"

Don't know where I got this; I've just been making them since I got married! KZ - they're YUM - KZ

Beat in rotary beater, for 1 minute:
2 eggs

1 C. Brown Sugar


1 1/2 Sticks Melted Butter

Sift and measure:
1 1/4 C. Flour

Mix with:
1 C. Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 C. Chopped Nuts

Blend with egg mixture.

Pour combined mixtures into greased 9 x 9 x 2 pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Cut into squares when cool.

"Carrot Bars"

I got this New Year's Day, 1978 -- odd how your lives change -- but, anyway, we used to get together EVERY New Year's with the Fred Zimmerman and Frank Powers families and this is one of the GREAT recipes (of the many) I got from Patti Z (I got some good ones from Nancy Powers too).

In a mixing bowl, beat:
4 Eggs

Mix in:

3 small baby strained carrots
1 tsp. salt
2 C. Flour
1 1/4 C. Crisco Oil
2 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Chopped Nuts
2 tsp. Soda
2 tsp. Cinnamon

Grease and flour 11 x 17" cookie pan with edges.
Bake 25-30 minutes 350 degrees. Cool.


3 C. Powdered Sugar
1 Stick Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
6 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Cream butter and cream cheese -- add sugar & vanilla.

Mix well.

Spread over cooled bars. Really good!!!


"Cream Cheese Brownies"

Another one from Patti Zimmerman the same year -- we got together 4-5 times during the year for cookouts; birthdays; 4th of July -- whatever -- this one was May 5, 1978.

Melt to rounding 1/2 C. Chocolate Chips with 3 T. Butter.

Stir until melted -- set aside.

2 T. Butter
3-oz. Cream cheese

1/4 C. Sugar
1 Egg
1 T. Flour
1/2 tsp. Vanilla

Beat well -- set aside.

2 eggs
3/4 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Add chocolate mixture to this and mix well!

Spread 1/2 into 9 x 9 x 2 pan (greased).

Spread cream cheese mixture over this - then rest of chocolate mixture.

Spread around until a few light streaks show (to get a marble affect).

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Makes a small batch -- you'll love these so you might want to double it!!


"Butter Brickle Bars"

This is my ex-daughter-in-law Jessica's favorite cookies that I make -- or, at least I THINK they are -- I do remember that once she dumped them -- hopefully, not on purpose. Just kidding -- they ARE GOOD!!! I think I got the recipe from the Butter Brickle chip package or this excellent 6-ingredient or less cookbook from one of my fav people, Ruth Hallett -- one or the other places -- it's not really an OLD family recipe, but one we all like, nonetheless!!

Mix as if you are making pie crust:

2-layer size Yellow Cake Mix
1/3 C. Margarine
1 Egg

Pack onto a cookie sheet.

1 Can Eagle Brand Milk
1/2 C. Chopped WALNUTS (not same taste with other nuts)
6-oz. pkg, Butter Brickle Chips

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.


"Dream Bars"

Any of Patti (Morris) Zimmerman's relatives reading these recipes is obviously going to know I appreciate her cooking, as this is the 3rd or 4th of her recipes on this page ALREADY! These are SUPER, and I don't even like coconut!

1/2 C. Butter
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. Flour

Mix butter and sugar thoroughly, stir in flour.

Press and flatten with hand in a 13 x 9 x 2 pan.

Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Remove and add topping.


2 Eggs
1 C. Brown Sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

2 T. Flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Stir in:
1 C. shredded Coconut
1 C. nuts, chopped

Pour on top of other mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees 25 minutes more.


"Farfalette Dolci"

It was the family joke when my Italian Grandmother ("my Nonna" -- Carolina Berti Bazzani) TRIED to bake ANYTHING (I'm serious, we once threw one of her cakes against a wall and it put a crack in it) but no one joked when she made these Italian cookies (maybe it was the whisky and we just didn't know what we were eating -- actually, she made a SUPER Sugar Cookie, too, but I never got that recipe -- shucks!!) KZ

4 Egg yolks
2 C. Sifted Flour
2 Eggs
1/3 C. Powdered Sugar
2 T. Brandy, whisky or rum
4 T. Sour Cream

Combine all ingredients and blend well into a stiff dough.

Refrigerate overnight.

Roll a large piece at a time on floured surface until very thin.

Cut into strips 3/4" wide on the diagonal with a pastry wheel.

Cut vertically into pieces 5" long.

Make a split in the center of each piece and draw one end of the piece through the slit.

Deep fry at 375 degrees.

Drain on a paper towel.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


"Graham Cracker Petit Fours"

This again is my mother-in-law's recipe -- I got it from her New Years' 1976. My son LOVES these -- of course, he loves anything with graham crackers. This is a unique cookie -- I think one you would either LOVE or HATE.

Begin this a day in advance!


Mix and set aside:

1 C. Graham Cracker Crumbs (14-16 graham crackers)
1 C. Coconut
1 C. Chopped Pecans

Have ready a stack of Graham Crackers on the side.

Prepare in sauce pan, and set aside:


2 C. Sifted Powdered Sugar
1/2 C. melted Butter
3 T orange juice concentrate
lemon juice (1/2 tsp)

The Process:

First: Line 13 x 9 pan -- ungreased with whole Honey Grahams!

Melt in Double Boiler:

1 C. Butter
1 C. Sugar

1 Egg, slightly beaten
1/2 C. milk

Add to butter and sugar and cook in double boiler until blended and comes to a boil.

Remove from doubleboiler and add:

1 C. Graham Cracker Crumbs (14-16 graham crackers)
1 C. Coconut
1 C. Chopped Pecans

While hot, pour over graham crackers in pan.

Immediately add another layer of graham crackers and press lightly into hot mixture.

Spread more mixture over graham crackers.


Cut in 1" squares.

Makes 90-100.

Since this makes so many, it's a real nice treat for a party (especially a wedding shower or anniversary). Enjoy!


"Jam Cookies"

This recipe came from a REALLY NICE LADY whom I met when our children were in Scouts together. She died very young but I liked her so much -- I think of her EVERY time I make these -- her name was Sharon Williams. I used strawberry jam, since I made it homemade which made these DELICIOUS, EASY cookies even better!!

Combine in a mixing Bowl:

2 C. Oats
1 3/4 C. Flour
1 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. Melted Butter
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. soda.

Press 1/2 mixture in pan

Pour jam over top


Remaining mixture on top

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.


"Kris Kringle Cookies"

My very good friend, Nancy Kelsey Powers gave me this recipe at Christmas one year. It's a different twist to Rice Krispie treats -- my kids LOVED 'em and I know yours will too!!

In a pan, mix, and bring to a boil:

1 C. Sugar
1 C. Light Corn Syrup
1 C. Peanut Butter

Remove and add in a mixing bowl:

6 C. Rice Krispies

Press in a 9 x 13 pan. Let harden.

Melt in double boiler:
6-oz. Pkg. Chocolate Chips
6-oz. Pkg. Butterscotch Chips

Drizzle (or just pour) on top of above mixture. SCRUMPTIOUS!


"Lemon Squares"

I got this recipe from Patti Zimmerman, a friend, and my old (and fabulous -- wish everyone could have one like her) boss, Mary Bishop. They both made GREAT lemon squares and now you can, too!!!!!!

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

In Mixing Bowl, Blend thoroughly:

1 C. Flour
1/2 C. Butter
1/4 C. Powdered Sugar

Press in 8 x 8 x 2 pan.

Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, beat:

2 Eggs
1 C. Sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 T. Lemon Juice

Pour over crust and bake 20-25 minutes more (but DO NOT overbake).

These are melt in your mouth treats!!!!


"Mexican Wedding Cookies"

I've had this recipe since I was a tot -- not sure where it came from, though -- perhaps my old neighbor, Zula Pence, who had no children, so adopted me to help her try new things out, or perhaps my Aunt Hulda because I do remember making these with her as a teenager. Anyway, I've tried other recipes for this cookie, but this is the BEST I've found and I've eaten thousands of Mexican Wedding Cookies, so I should know!!!!


2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 C. Powdered Sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Add gradually:
1 3/4 C. Flour

Mix in:
1/2 C. Chopped Nuts

Roll into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Immediately remove and roll into powdered sugar before cooling.

YUMMMMM! I love to lick my fingers after all is done!!!


"Gooey Mixed Nut Bars"

This is one of my newest recipes -- I tasted it somewhere and asked for the recipe but can't remember where/when, etc. Anyway, it is good -- caramelly -- so, of course, it is!!! It reminds you of a payday bar.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine:

1 1/2 C. All-purpose Flour
3/4 C. packed Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. salt

Cut into the above with a Pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.:

1/2 C. Butter

Press mixture evenly into ungreased 11 x 7" baking pan to form a base. Bake 15-18 minutes until edges are light brown.

In a 2-qt. saucepan, combine:

1 T. Butter
1 C. Butterscotch Chips
1/2 C. Light Corn Syrup

Cook over medium heat until chips are melted, stirring constantly.


Stir in:
1 Can Salted Mixed Nuts (chopped coursely).

Spread mixture evenly over base.

Bake 10-15 minutes more until edges are bubbly.


"Lemon Whippersnappers"

Frances Watson gave me this delicious and unusual delight. She was the mother of one of my very good friends and one of the best cooks I knew.

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix (without pudding)
1 Egg
8-oz. Cool Whip

Mix and chill well.

Drop by tsp. into powdered sugar and roll into balls - walnut size.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 11 minutes.


"No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies"

My daughter, Suzie, got this recipe in mini-4-H -- geez, about 30 years ago -- my, how time flies. Anyway, she was QUITE proud of herself (and SO WAS I) that she made the best ones there. She stirred until her little arm about broke off (and so will you) but it's all worth it!

1 C. Sugar
1 C. Karo (Corn Syrup)

1 1/2 C. Crunchy Peanut butter

Combine in a mixing bowl with:
4 C. Rice Krispies

Drop by tspful on wax paper to cool.


"Oatmeal Scotchies"

These are the kind of cookies you simply CAN'T resist when they're warm -- pretty sure I got the recipe from the Butterscotch chip package but I've been making them for MANY years, now, so who only knows -- I just know they are REALLY good -- kids especially love 'em!

Combine in large bowl then set aside:

2 C. Flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

In another large bowl, combine:
1 C. Butter
1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 T. Water

Beat until creamy.

Gradually add the flour mixture.

Stir in:

1 1/2 C. Quick Oats
12-oz. Nestle Butterscotch Chips
1/2 tsp. Vanilla

Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet

Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes.


"Papaw's Cookies"

I don't really remember my Dad being too crazy about any kind of cookie, but his mother made him these (and she could NOT bake) -- they had no name, and so we dubbed 'em "Papaw's Cookies" (actually they were Dad's cookies until he became a Papaw, then we changed their name). They're good! KBZ

In a large Mixing Bowl:

Beat at high power, and stir down with a spatula:

1 C. Margarine
1 C. Sugar
1 C. Brown Sugar
2 C. Quick Oatmeal
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder


2 Eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. Flour
1 C. Cocoa

Beat again.

Using a tsp. form into balls and squash down with fork on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes until golden.

Watch carefully to get them done to perfection!


"Pecan Cookie Cups"

My cousin Frank's wife, Jeanie (Nestler) Certain gave me this cookie recipe in January of 1976. We owned a restaurant at that time and for many years later. Every Christmas I would bake cookies for the bachelor's who came in everyday -- this was one of the MUSTS to include in their Christmas baskets.

Mix with hands:
3-oz. Cream cheese
1 stick Butter
1 C. Flour
Pinch Salt

Make into balls and press into tart pans - leave a center depression for the filling. (Works easier if you put the dough in the refrigerator about an hour).


1/2 C. Chopped Pecans
3/4 C. Brown Sugar
1 Egg
2 T. Melted Butter
Pinch Salt

Mix and put about 1 tsp. in each tart.

Bake for 30-35 minutes at 325 - 350 degrees. GREAT!!!!!!!


"Peanut Butter Balls"

Not sure where this one came from, either, but I think from my friend, Linda (Watson) Friars' mother, Frances. She was a VERY good cook and I became an even better cook with some of her recipes.

1 Stick Butter

Pour over:
1 Box Powdered Sugar
1, 8-oz. Jar Crunchy Peanut Butter
1 Stick Butter
3 C. Rice Krispies

Push mixture together to make balls.

Melt (in a double boiler):
1 Large Hershey Chocolate Candy Bar (5-6 oz)
a small (6-oz) pkg. Chococolate Chips
1/2 stick paraffin wax

Then dip balls into melted chocolate and set on wax paper until hard!!

(Paraffin stabilizes the chocolate, and increases its melting temerature, a process used by dessert chefs to make chocolate handleable. (M&Ms are processed this way.))


"Jean Sparrow's Sugar Cookies"

I've never made these -- I have NO luck with Sugar cookies!! I did think no one in the world could make better ones than my Nonna; that is, until I tasted Jean's at a Boy Scout function one night -- these are the ULTIMATE sugar cookie so if you CAN make 'em, you SHOULD!!

Mix well in a bowl:

1 C. Soft Butter
1 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Blend in:

2 1/2 C. Flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar

Cover -- chill for 2-3 hours.

Roll 3/16" thick on lightly floured board.
Decorate as desired or just sprinkle with sugar.

Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes.


"Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies"

This recipes is an OLD family recipe -- I got it from Jim's grandmother, Alice (Thompson) Kritz who was one of the BEST cooks I ever met. Jim LOVED these when he was a kid and she made 'em and he STILL loves them at (over 60) made by me!!

1 C. Butter (or Crisco)
1 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. White Sugar

2 Beaten Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla

Add (gradually):
2 C. Flour
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. soda

Add (gradually):
1 C. Oatmeal
6-oz. Pkg. Chocolate Chips (you can substitute Raisins, also very good)
1/2 C. Chopped Nuts

Drop on greased cookie sheets.
Bake 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

It's nice this recipe makes 6 dozen and believe me, you'll wish you'd doubled it!


"7-Layer Cookies"

Easy, and VERY good -- especially, if you're a chocolate lover! My son, Jay, LOVES these!!In fact, the whole family loves 'em. My daughter just said the other day that she could eat the whole pan of 'em.

1/4 C. Butter

Stir in:

1 C. Graham Cracker Crumbs -- press to make a crust.

Pour over the crust:
1 C. Coconut
1, 6-oz. Pkg. Chocolate Chips
1, 6-oz. Pkg. ButterScotch Chips
1, 14-oz. Can Eaglebrand Milk
1 C. Chopped Nuts

Bake about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

"Peanut Blossom Cookies"

Think I got this recipe from my mother-in-law. It too was a favorite of my restaurant rowdies that I fixed Christmas plates for each year.


1 3/4 C. Flour
2 tsp. Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 C. Butter
1/3 C. Peanut Butter
1/2 C. White Sugar
1/2 C. Brown Sugar

1 Unbeaten Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla

Blend in dry ingredients with creamed mixture.

Shape into balls.
Roll into sugar.

Put on greased cookie sheet

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes

Remove cookie sheet and add 1 chocolate kiss on top of each cookie -- pressing it into cookie until it cracks

Return cookies to oven for 3-5 more minutes.


"Thumbprint Cookies"

Now, I consider my self a pretty darn good cook and in the field of excellent as far as baking, but I can't make these things -- I sure can eat 'em though and they are the VERY BEST COOKIES EVER!! My Aunt Alice made them for me every year -- God bless her soul!!!!

1/2 C. Soft shortening
1/2 C. Soft Butter
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla

2 C. Flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Add to first batter.

2 Slightly beaten egg whites

1 1/2 C. Finely broken nut meats in a small bowl.

Roll Cookie dough in balls -- size of a walnut.

Dip balls into egg whites and roll in nuts.

Place 1" apart on a greased baking sheet

Important that these be followed closely:

Bake for 5 minutes

Remove from Oven, grease thumb and press into top of each cookie.

Return to oven and bake EXACTLY 8 minutes longer.

These will be light in


Put icing in center or put jelly into holes (or an M&M or probably a Hershey's kiss -- be creative).



If I hadn't already said several of these cookies were my favorites, I'd probably say that about these Snickerdoodles, but since I have, I'll just have to suffice by saying you haven't lived if you haven't tasted one before -- so, get busy and make 'em! Aunt Ginny (Bannon) Kelsey (not really my aunt, I've just always called her that since I was little and think of her as one) gave me this recipe, I think at my wedding shower in 1968. These were Christmas presents for my brother, Larry & his son, Rob & daughter, Nick for several years; however, Rob decided to make them once and they were WAY beyond my level of Snickerdoodles (much flufflier and fatter - melt in your mouth) so now, he has the job of official snick maker.

1 C. Soft Shortening (I use 1/2 Crisco and 1/2 Butter)
and 1 1/2 C. Sugar

2 Eggs
2 3/4 c. Flour
2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1 tsp. Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt

Mix well.

Form into balls and roll in Sugar & Cinnamon (I mix 4 T. Sugar and 4 tsp. cinnamon)

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