Betty Crocker was Good and Easy

was NOT written on  a bathroom wall ever. It does show  just how memory can be tricky. I totally remember Betty’s Picture Cook Book.

BUT – the cook book that is actually in my mother’s collection – and for the moment in my hot little hand is actually:

good and easy back and front

This one is in better shape then my mother’s, which has a matching blue elastic to hold it all together.

Truth be told, the illustration are from the same series, and the photos’ – there’s nothing like ’50’s food photos…..

 Betty Crocker’s Good and Easy Cook Book

Betty Crocker’s brand-new idea book – 1000 time-saving, taste-tempting recipes and hints for busy modern homemakers.”


The first and last few pages are missing – It begins on page five, with Breakfast already underway, and ends p. 256 with the index slug of

 Yellow (whole-egg) cake (sponge, 165)

And the whole thing is rather dash happy – – –

The half pear was a bear in a bowl of porridge – three dates stuck upright could be the three bears in another breakfast (nightmare) option….I’m glad that fruit as bears was not a  part of my childhood. But I have seen this long ago – the question is where?

In the mean time, something I DO remember, confirmed by my mother and my sister:



(page 194)

(See picture, p. 182.)

2 eggs

2/3 cup cooking (salad) oil

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. grated lemon rind

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

  1. Heat oven to 400° (mod. hot).
  2. Beat eggs with fork until well blended.
  3. Stir in oil, vanilla, lemon rind.
  4. Blend in sugar until mixture thickens.
  5. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and stir into oil mixture.
  6. Drop with a teaspoon 2” apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Flatten with a greased glass dipped into sugar. (This is where I could help. The real secret is not to grind the little batter balls into the cookie sheet, but rather level off the tops and leave a little sugar behind, nuance often lost with the under 6 set. My mother would pick out which glass to use and put down a saucer with a little Wesson oil in in, and a second saucer with some sugar in it, so dip, dip, tap, it’s a cookie.)
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes, just until a delicate brown. (mostly the edges)
  9. Remove immediately from baking sheet.
  10. About 3 doz cookies.

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