Throwback Thursday: 1940's Home Ec. Class
by Keleigh May on February 5th, 2015

Peanut Cookies
  • 1/8 cup butter (2 Tbs.)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup chopped peanuts

  • 2 ounces dark chocolate (melted)
*If you do this, decrease your flour by 2 tablespoons

Cream butter, add sugar and well-beaten egg.  Stir in milk and vanilla, and add remaining dry ingredients well sifted together.
Stir in your chopped peanuts last.
(We didn't chop our peanuts, we smashed them with a mallet, more fun than simply chopping.)


Add 2 ounces melted chocolate to peanut cooky recipe and decrease flour by 2 tablespoons.
Drop by teaspoonfuls on buttered sheet. Bake in moderate oven (350* to 375*) for about 8 to 12 minutes.

I baked mine at 360 for 10 minutes. 
Let cool, then store in an air tight container. 

A Classic Cookie

Home Economics Book circa 1941

Recipe and Text taken from "Everyday Foods, New Revised Edition" 
Written by Jessie W. Harris and Elisabeth Lacey Speer
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company
"Everyday Foods is written with the idea of making food study a science comparable to other sciences.  It is a practical food and nutrition text.  The book is equally usable at home and at school.  The home owrk is as carefully suggested as the class work.  Home work is recognized in Everyday Foods as practical and necessary for the successful teaching of food study."  

Last time I visited my grandparents house, I was looking through my grandmother's old cookbooks and found this gem.  I asked her what it was, and she said it was her 10th grade home economics text book.  She enjoyed some of the dessert recipes for years after she graduated high school.  I asked if I could borrow it and she said that I could have it. (Score!)  Honestly, I don't know why every kid that goes through school doesn't learn this stuff.  I have never used trigonometry and I only passed chemistry by the grace of God.  Every human being, whether you go to college or not, your a scientist, teacher, or stay at home mom, you have to eat everyday!   Why are we not teaching our kids how to eat healthily.  They did in 1941 and we have gone away from that in today's world.  There is so much good information as it pertains to health that I will be revisiting this book in future Throwback Thursdays!
The original recipe from 1941.  I picked this one because, as you can see it was heavily stained from being cooked with.  I'm glad to say that I added a few stains myself.
Now this is homework that I can get excited about!  Imagine if kids today had to do this.  We wouldn't have a generation of kids that reach for the Easy-Mac, they could actually prepare their own foods.  Sometimes we need to look back to know the best way to move forward, because, where there's a meal, there's a way!

3 Generations of High School Seniors!

My Grandmother, Mom and my Senior yearbook photos...see a resemblance?

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Teresa - September 3rd, 2015 at 1:45 PM
Way cool!
Keleigh May - September 4th, 2015 at 7:52 AM
Thank you Teresa! That Home Ec. book is definitely one of my treasures!
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