Walnut Chewies from The American Woman's Cookbook

All day we've been anticipating the impending snowfall and finally it has arrived.  Earlier when I stepped outside tiny ice pellets were bouncing off the pavement.  I stepped back inside, promptly put on a pot of tea and began browsing my new (old) favorite cookbook.  I realize it has only been a few days since my previous post referencing The American Woman's Cookbook, but I am just so smitten with it, and cannot put it down!

I decided to select my next recipe from the noticeably thin cookie section.  It seems that a large portion of desserts from that time period (copyright 1938-47) were custards, mousses and cold gelatins that were placed in decorative molds for fancy presentation.  I don't have any gelatin molds, (maybe I should get one?) so I'll stick with cookies for now.

I have to include more photos from the cookbook, especially since it was such a big deal for them to be in color.

The original name of this recipe is "Walnut Sticks", however, I did not cut mine into sticks. The description doesn't really work well with my chosen presentation.  It is better described as a chewy walnut bar.  The recipe is so simple, and so are the ingredients.

You may have everything you need on hand, which is a good thing if you are snowed in like me.

Walnut Chewy Bars

Recipe from the American Woman's Cookbook circa 1938.  Very ...

See Walnut Chewy Bars on Key Ingredient.

  Be sure to generously grease your pan, or these chewy bars will STICK!

In keeping with the theme of my last post on this subject, I must include an oddity.  I was browsing the seafood section when I found this.  Instructions on how to dispatch, clean and prepare terrapins.  I realize turtle is not so odd a delicacy, (see my fave movie Babette's Feast, warning: subtitles) but to go out and catch, kill, clean...  well, that is certainly not in my future.

And as for the snow...

...the snow has yet to subside, and I don't expect it will let up tonight.  Husband is home, although late.  A couple of cars had slid off the road and he was helping push the cars to the roadside.  I'm so glad no one was hurt and everyone is home safely.  

I hope wherever you are tonight you are keeping safe, warm and toasty!

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  1. Those look like the perfect thing to go with a nice warm glass of tea! Yum! It snowed here this morning too!

  2. These do look yummy!! Yay for a snow day!

  3. Just found your blog...love the header :)
    These chewies sound great!

  4. These look really pretty, I love how you cut them into triangles!! Hope you stay safe and warm with your weather. Have a great weekend!!

  5. I love your presentation! They look so pretty and tasty! It sounds so cozy with tea, and snow falling!

    P.S. What a nice hubby:)

  6. thanks for sharing this simple recipe! i even managed to bake them with a broken wrist. i like the commenter's idea of pairing them with a cozy cup of tea which i plan to do when they've finished cooling. yum!

  7. how delicious is to make this recipe, just to join ingredients and start preparing those amazing walnuts everybody will enjoy it immediately in the kitchen.

  8. It is better described as a chewy walnut bar. The recipe is so simple, and so are the ingredients.
    Ya its delicious......... :)
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  9. I love walnuts, I don't why people don't like the products with differents seeds, like peanuts, walnuts, cashew, macadamia and others.

  10. I made this recipe actually, made some modifications though. http://wp.me/p1INvQ-M incase you're interested. I like the stuff on your blog, will hopefully try more soon!

  11. SO many times I read stupid post but this time I must say i'm impressed! Well done! Cheers!

  12. This recipe has been a family holiday favorite of mine for over 50 years. I grew up with them and I make them every year. It's not Christmas without walnut sticks. I even have the same old cookbook handed down from my mom! I just let it fall open to the messiest pages knowing that those are the recipes used over and over and over.

  13. Hi! I brought these to school and they were a huge hit! But I made them with pecans instead because I had them on hand. Still delicious! :)

  14. They are good with a few chocolate chips thrown in as well. And I think you could also add some coconut to them as well. I used dark brown sugar for added brown sugar flavor.


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