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Monday, June 27, 2016

Vintage Recipes-It Came From The 70s Addition Kitchen Sink Cookies

I was born in 1978 so I have no memory of one of America's more turbulent, and certainly kitschiest decades, and for years despite my love of vintage I had no interest in the 70s.   I think this may be because it is the decade I was born in and that most vintage lovers tend to reach farther back to decades before their birth.  However, there are some 1970s things I do love.  Here are two brief examples:


The hilarious and strangely existential educational short What is Nothing?




and the decades high point, in my opinion, Ricardo Montalban's Chrysler Cordoba commercial:
(If I ever win the lottery I don't want a fancy sports car, I want a Chrysler Cordoba)

I also love the cookies that are the subject of this post .    They are the first things I ever baked as a child and they come from the 1971 cook book Diet For A Small Planet 






It is a hippie dippie vegetarian tome that I found languishing in my mother's kitchen.  It has a number of recipes in it and argues that a meat free diet is the  solution to world hunger.   I can't remember my self or my mother ever making any of the recipes besides these cookies, but they are delicious, and loaded with the kind of crunchy health food store ingredients that I  imagine where very popular in the 70s.  While they are certainly not low calorie they do offer more protein and nutrients then the average cookie.   Most importantly they are really, really, really tasty.  They are also, despite the long list of ingredients, very easy to make.  Personally I like to eat them for breakfast,  but they'd be good any time of day.  So without further ado here is the recipe one of the best things to come out of the 1970s, in my opinion anyway:


Kitchen Sink Cookies from Diet for A Small Planet 




1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup soy flour
1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup milk powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. each ground nutmeg and cloves (we go a little easier on the cloves)
2/3 cup raisins

3/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut 
1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped 
1/4 cup sunflower seeds 
2/3 cup chocolate chips
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup oil or melted butter (I use oil)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses 



Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Beat the eggs, add oil, honey and molasses in a small bowl by hand. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and stir till moistened. If mixture is too dry, mine usually is, add a few drops of milk and mix again until the dough coms toether   Drop by spoonfuls onto unoiled cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, watch closely they cook quickly.

9 comments:

  1. Mmmmmm, cookies, yum, yum
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  2. Those cookies look so yummy! They do sound good for breakfast :-)

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  3. Those look wonderful for a healthy breakfast. Health food with a junk food flavor.

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  4. These cookies are fabulous for camping trips, too. We used to make a similar version for just such events when I was in Girl Guides.

    I know what I'll be craving all day now! :D

    Big hugs & happy end of June wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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  5. I love cookies and these ones look and sound delicious! I would opt to take some to go for breakfast as well! I know what you mean about the 70s. While I'm not the hugest fan of 70's styles I do appreciate the home decor and I also appreciate that there are those out there that love it <3 There is a place for everyone in our modern world ;)

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  6. Cookies are the sort of thing I always like the idea of baking but never do, I'm more of a fairy cake type person x

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  7. I'm loving the sound of those cookies. I guess they did something right in the 1970s after all ;-) xxx

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