Welcome back to another Reader Request post, where you can send me your recipe questions and requests in the comments, through email or on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and I will answer them to the best of my ability.

Or, at least, to the best of my vintage cookbook collection’s ability.

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This week we have a recipe request from Rachel, who writes:

Hi Ruth!
Excited to see you’re doing reader requests! My grandma used to make delicious cookies called Spry cookies. I am assuming it was a recipe that was either printed on the package or in a leaflet put out by the Spry shortening company given the name. They were large sugar cookies, the sort where you roll the dough into balls and flatten it with the bottom of a glass, and they had a wonderful crisp-crumbly melt in your mouth texture. I also remember them being more light brown/beige rather than the usual very pale color of sugar cookies. I’m not sure if that was because she baked them longer or if they contained some brown sugar. She used to make them and stack them up in a tall cylindrical cookie jar and they were there waiting for us every time we went to her house. If you could find that recipe I would love to make them again.

Hi, Rachel! Glad you are enjoying the reader requests!  I wasn’t able to find any cookie recipe resembling the one you asked for on my vintage Spry packaging, but the book “Aunt Jenny’s Favorite Recipes” from the 1940’s yielded these recipes:

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Let us know if any of these are the right one. And good luck!


We recently posted a Vintage Cocktail Friday that used a recipe from Corby’s Party Book, and in the comments Susan asked about the games listed on the back cover of the book.

The games actually looked pretty fun. Here are the pages for all six games. Enjoy them at your next cocktail party, and feel free to let us know how it went!

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If you have any questions or if you are looking for a certain recipe, please feel free to leave a comment, send me an email at ruth@midcenturymenu.com or contact me through our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram and I will see what I can do for you!