I am a mom of 4. I love to cook and try new recipes.
Every once in awhile a new recipe is tried and the family often responds with "mom..it's a keeper" meaning add this one to the family recipe book. So here I've compiled them all in one spot so they're easy to get to and add to. Hope you enjoy them as much as we have, and maybe they'll be keepers for you as well.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Heritage REcipes

A few years ago while visiting Grandma and Grandpa Waters, I came across an old recipe box filled with my great grandma's, great aunts and relatives cherished recipes. Some of these recipes have been passed down through our family for many years and very often seen on our Thanksgiving table.

Grandma Decker was a pie maker for many of the local restaurants in her hometown, Cedar City, Utah. Her pie crust and apple pie are one of the family favorites.

What a great blessing it is to have these recipes and be able to share them.

Grandma Waters Macaroni and Tomatoes

1# hamburger

1# elbow macaroni

1 large bottle of tomato or V8 juice

cook elbow mac as directed

cook hamburger. Drain macaroni and place back in pot. Add hamburger and tomato or V8 juice enough to moisten.

Grandma Waters Cherry Salad

2 6oz. cool whip

1 can cherry pie filling

1 c. slivered almonds

1 small can of crushed pineapple, drained

1 can condensed milk

Mix condensed milk with cherry pie filling. Add slivered almonds, and pineapple. Add cool whip and place in refrigerator for atleast 1 hour.

Cartwheel Cookies

4 ½ c. quick oatmeal

2 ¼ c. flour

1 ½ t. soda

1 ½ t. salt

1 ½ c. brown sugar

1 ½ c. white sugar

1 ½ c. shortening

3 eggs

1 ½ t. vanilla

1 c. nuts

Sift dry ingredients. Cream shortening and sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Stir in oats and nuts. Raisins, chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips may be added. Put in rolls and refrigerate. Slice when firm. Or drop and press with glass dipped in sugar.

Soft Zucchini Cookies

½ c. shortening

½ c. granuated sugar

1 c. brown sugar

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla

3 c. coarsely grated raw zucchini

1 t. baking powder

½ t. baking soda

1 t. cinnamon

½ t. salt

3 ½ c. flour

1 c. chopped nuts

1 c. chopped dates (if desired)

Measure flour and other dry ingredients. F succhini seems especially moist, add another ½ c. flour. Cream together shortening and sugar; then beat in eggs and vanilla, and beat until fluffy. Stir in zucchini. Add sifted dry ingredients, the nuts and dates. Drop by t. onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 12-15 min. makes 6 dozen. Note: 2 c. rolled oats may be used in place of 1 c. flour, also risins, currants or chocolate chops may be used in place of dates.

Coconut pecan bars

2 c. sifted flour

1 t. baking powder

1 t. salt

1 c. butter

2 c. brown sugar

2 eggs

2 t. vanilla

1 c. chopped pecans

3 ½ oz. flaked coconut

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cream butter well and brown sugar, eggs and vanilla; beat until smooth and creamy. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in coconut and pecans. Spread in buttered 10x15 jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 about 25 min. or until down. Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut ito bars. Makes 3 ½ dozen.

Tater Tot casserole

1 # ground beef

Salt and pepper to taste

½ c. onions, diced

1 # frozen tater tots

1 c. of mushroom soup

½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Brown beef and onion, add mushroom soup and Worcestershire sauce

Place in greased casserole. Put tater tots on top of meat mixture bake 20-25 min. at 375

Serves 4

Soft Sugar Cookies

1 c. sugar

½ c. butter

1 t. vanilla

½ c. milk

2 eggs

3 ½ c. flour

4 t. baking powder

Mix and bake at 350 for 9-11 min.

Grandma Retta's Shrimp Salad

2 cans of Shrimp

1 # small tube Macaroni

1/2 head of iceberg Lettuce, chopped roughly

1 Onion chopped

2 ribs Celery chopped

1-1 1/2 c. Salad dressing (grandma uses miracle whip)

3 dashes of red wineVinegar

1 garlic, minced (optional)

Cook the macaroni as directed on package. Drain and set aside. Mix Salad dressing, vinegar and garlic well. Add shrimp, lettuce, onion and celery. Mix well. Add cooked macaroni and mix well. Adjust Salad dressing and vinegar if needed. Adding more if too dry.

Grandma Decker's Homemade Bread

2 t. salt

½ c. sugar

½ c. shortening

2 c. hot water

2 yeast in ½ c. water

Mix above then add 2 ½ c. cold water then add yeast mixture & 6 c. flour then add 6 more cup a flour knead. Place in a loaf pan and let rise. Bake at 375 until done.

Grandma Decker’s Pie Crust

1 c. lard or ¾ c. to 1 c. oil

½ . water (hot)

Stir until soft

2 ½ c. flour

Do not handle much

½ or 1/3 t. salt

¼ t. baking powder

Apple Pie

5-7 tart apples

2 T. flour

1 c. syrup maple

1 ½ t. cinnamon

1/8 t. nutmeg

Mix place in a pie crust and bake at 400 50 min.

Grandma Retta's applesauce cookies

3 c. applesauce

3 c. sugar

1 ½ c. shortening

3 eggs

6 c. flour

3 t. baking powder

3 t. cinnamon

1 ½ t. baking soda

1 ½ t. nutmeg

1 ½ t. cloves

1 c. nuts or chocolate chips

Mix applesauce, sugar, shortening & eggs. Add applesauce& soda etc..

Grandma Retta's Sugar cookies

1½ c. butter

3 c. sugar

3 t. vanilla

1 ½ c. milk

6 eggs

10 c. flour

4 tsp. baking powder

Mix all indredients and Bake 300 for 9-11 min.

Oatmeal cookies

¾ c. butter or 1/4 c. veg oil

1 c. sugar

1 c. brown sugar

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla

2 c. flour

2 t. baking powder

¾ t. cinnamon

2 c. oatmeal

1 c. walnuts

Bake at 350 for 10-12 min. makes 3-4 dozen

Aunt Kristine’s Brownie’s

1 ½ . flour

1/3 c. cocoa

2 c. sugar

1 t. vanilla

4 eggs

2 cubes buter

Mix bake 350 for 15 min.

1 c. melted choc chips

1 T. butter

Put on top when brownies are done.

Banana Bread

2/3 c. sugar

1/3 c. butter

1 ¾ c. flour

2 eggs

2 t. baking powder

¼ t. soda

4 bananas

Makes 1 loaf. 350 for 1 hour.

Betty’s sugar Cookies

3 c. flour

1 c. sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 c. soft butter

1 egg

3 T. milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all ingredients Roll out and cut

Cook at 400 for 5-8 min.

Maraschino cherries

4.5 # cherries

4.5 # sugar

1 oz. almond extract

1 oz. red color

Juice of 1 lemon

Soak cherries in solution of 1 t. salt and 1 t. alum in 1 qt. water. After soaking for 24 hours, wash until all trace of salt is gone.

Add sugar and coloring to cherries and bring to a boil. Set aside and let stand 24 hours. Bring to a boil and let stand a second time. Bring to a boil a third time, and add almond extract and lemon juice and bottle.

$1,000,000 pickles

2 qt. cucumbers

1 qt. onions

1 head cabbage

2 red peppers

1 c. gr. Peppers

¾ c. salt

5 c. vinegar

5 c. sugar

1 c. water

2 T. mustrd seed

2 T. celery seed

1 T. dry mustard

1 T. turmeric

½ c. flour

Grind cucumbers, onions cabbage, and peppers. Mix salt into ground mixture and let stand awhile rinse.

To make syrup, mix vinegar, sugar, water, mustard seed, and celery seed in a pan. Stir together dry mustard, turmeric and flour. Add to vinegar mixture. Put on pickles and cook 1 minute.

Green Tomato Pickles

16 large green tomatoes

4 large onions

Red and green peppers

4 c. sugar

1 t. cloves

1 t. nutmeg

1 t. cinnamon

Grind tomatoes and onions. Sprinkle with salt. Drain. Cover with diluted vinegar. Cook 2 hours. Seal.

Bread and Butter Pickles

20 med cucumbers

12 onions

1 c. salt

4 c. water

4 c. vinegar

4 c. sugar

4 t. celery seed

2 t. ginger

2 t. mustard seed

1 t. turmeric

Peel and grind vegetables. Add salt and let stand 2 hours. Drain and rinse. Heat remaining ingredients to boilng point and add vegetables. Cook for 3o minutes. Seal hot. Makes 3 quarts.

Pepper Sauce

1 hot pepper

12 red peppers

12 green peppers

2 c. vinegar

2 c. sugar

3 T. salt

2 t. mustard seed

2 t. celery seed

Chop peppers. Cover with boiling water, and let stand for 5 min., covered. Drain well. Add vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seed, and celery seed. Bring to boil and boil 10 minutes. Seal.

Grandma Wood’s Pickles

8 c. cucumbers

4 c. onions

1 bunch celery

1 ½ c. peppers

2 quarts water

½ c. salt

3 c. vinegar

3 ½ c. sugar

1 t. celery seed

1 t. mustard seed

½ turmeric

Grind vegetables. Add water and salt. Cook and drain. Add remaining ingredients, boil 15 minutes. Seal.

Popcorn balls

1 c. light corn syrup

1 c. sugar

1 pkg fruit flavored jello

½ # salted peanuts, chopped coarsely

9 c. popcorn

Combine syrup and sugar. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add jello and stir until dissolved. Add peanuts, mix with popcorn and form mixture into balls and wrap in waxed paper.

Carrot Cake

4 eggs

2 c. sugar

3 c. cake flour

1 ½ . oil

2 t. cinnamon

2 t. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

2 c. carrots, grated

½ c. walnuts

Salt to taste

Mix ingredients bake at 350 for 35-40 min.

Date Cake

1 c. brown sugar

½ c. shortening

2 eggs

1 c. nuts

½ c. boiling water

1 t. soda

½ t. salt

1 # dates (pitted)

2 c. flour

Cream sugar and shortening, add eggs and vanilla. Put soda in boiling water add flour and water alternately. Add nuts and dates last.

Banana nut cake

½ c. shortening

1 ½ c. sugar

2 eggs

1 c. banana, mashed

½ t. vanilla

2 c. flour, sifted

¾ t. soda

½ t. salt

½ c. buttermilk

1 c. chopped nuts

Mix ingredients and bake at 350 for 30 min.

Applesauce Cake

1 2/3 c. cake flour

1 1/3 c. sugar

¼ t. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

¾ t. salt

½ t. cinnamon

¼ t. cloves

¼ t. allspice

1/3 c. shortening

1/3 c. water

1/3 c. nuts, chopped

1 c. thick applesauce

1 egg

Mix ingredients and bake 50-55 min. at 350

Orange carrot cookies

½ c. orange juice, freshly squeezed

Grated peel of 1 orange

1 t. lemon exrract

2 c. flour

1 t. baking soda

1 t. baking powder

1 t. salt

2 eggs, beaten well

1 ½ c. carrots, grated fine

1 c. brown sugar

¾ c. melted shortening


Little more flour

Mix ingredients and cook for 15 for 20 minutes 375

Ginger cookies

¾ c. shortening

1 c. sugar

1 egg, well beaten

4 T. molasses

2 c. flour, sifted

2 t. baking soda

½ t. salt

1 T. ginger

1 t. cinnamon

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg and molasses and mix. Sift soda and seasonings with flour and mix thoroughly into shortening mixture. Take small portions of dough and form into balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 min.

Pineapple coconut bars

¼ c. butter

1 c. brown sugar

1 ½ c. shredded coconut

1 c. flour, sifted

½ t. salt

1 c. pineapple, crushed

¾ c. sugar

3 T. cornstarch

¼ t. salt

1 T. butter

1 T. lemon juice

Cream butter and sugar. Mix in remaining ingredients of first list until crumbly. Press half of mixture into a greased and floured 9” square pan. Combine pineapple, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil and cook until thick and clear (about 5 min.) remove from heat and add butter and lemon juice. Cool slightly. Spread filling over crumb mixture. Cover with remaining crumbs. Press top layer down firmly. Bake 350 for 35 min. yield 20 bars.

Lemon dream dessert

1/2 c. butter or margarine

1 c. flour

2 eggs beaten

½ c. brown sugar

¾ c. coconut, chopped

½ c. nuts, chopped

1/8 t. baking powder

¼ t. salt

½ t. vanilla

2 t. lemon rind, grated

2 T. lemon juice

1 c. confectioner’s sugar, sifted

Cut butter into flur until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press mixture firmly into an ungreased pan. Bake at 350 for 15-20 min. combine eggs, brown sugar, coconut, nuts, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Mix well. Spread over the partially baked dough. Return to oven and continue baking for 20-25 min at 350.

Combine lemon rind, lemon juice, and confectioner’s sugar. Mix until smooth. Frost cake immediately upon taking it from the oven. Cool 15 min. cut into bars.

Betty’s strawberry jello

2 pkgs strawberry jello

2 c. water

2 pkgs froxen strawberries

3 bananas, mased

1- 1 # can pineapple

1 pint sour cream

Mix all together. Put part in pan and let set. Add sour cream and pour over set jello.

Zucchini Relish

10 c. ground peeled zucchini

4 c. ground onions

5 T. salt

Mix and let stand overnight

Rinse with cold water and drain.


2 ½ . vinegar

5 c. sugar

1 t. each of nutmeg, dry mustard and turmeric

2 t. celery seed

1 T. cornstarch

1 red pepper and 1 green pepper chopped fine

Add everything, let cook to a hard boil then cook 5 min.

Zucchini jam

Peel zucchini and blend to puree

12 c. zucchini

Add 2 oranges and 1 lemon ground

Add 2 pkg sure jell and boil hard 1 min. add 10 c. sugar—boil till mixture thickens and sheets from spoon. Bottle and seal.

Zucchini casserole

1 pkg stove top stuffing mix

1 stick of butter

3 c. cubbed zucchini

1 pint sour cream

1 can cheese soup

1 c. chopped onion

Pinch of garlic salt

Salt and pepper

Mix melted marg with stuffing mix and seasoning. Place in bottom of dish combine remaining ingredients pour over stuffing top with a sprinkle of stuffing mix, bake at 350 for 30-40 min.

Grandma Decker’s Carrot Cake

4 eggs

2 c. sugar

1 ¼ c. Mazola oil

2 c. flour

1 ½ t. soda

2 t. baking powder

2 t. cinnamon

½ t. salt

3 c. grated carrots – add last

Mix eggs, oil and sugar. Sift flour, soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Then mix in carrots. Bake in a pan for 55 min. at 350.

For frosting: mix 3 oz. cream cheese, ½ stick of oleo, 1 ½ t. vanilla and ½ box powdered sugar. Mix well.

Nut Toffee – Harriette Blum

1 c. sugar

1 c. nuts (any kinds)

2 stick of butter

3 T. water

Mix all together in a pan. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until desired color. (I take it off in about 5 min.) Remove and then pour into a cookie sheet Cool and break up or cut while hot in squares. I always break mine up.

Grandma’s Decker's meat loaf

1 # hamburger

1 # sausage

1 c. grated potatoes

1 c. grated carrots

1 onion grated

1 c. tomato juice

2 t. flour

Put into a loaf pan and bake until meat is done about 1 hour.

Prophet’s Dessert

Mix together and press into bottom of drippen pan

1 square butter

1 c. flour

1 c chopped nuts

Bake 20 min. at 350 cool..

Mix the following

8 oz. cream cheese

1 c. powdered sugar

1 c. cool whip

Then spread on top of crust

Then mix together

2 pkg instant pudding mix

2 c. milk

Beat at low speed until set. Then add 1 small can undrained crushed pineapple and spread on top of cream mixture.

Top with remaining cool whip and sprinkle with nuts.

Grandma Wood's sweet pickle relish

Grind 8 c. cucumbers

4 c. onions

1 ½ c. green peppers

1 bunch of celery

Bring to a boil in brine 1 c. salt 2 qts water

Drain and rinse

Syrup combine –

3 c. vinegar

5 c. sugar

1 t. celery seed

1 ½ t. mustard seed

½ t. turmeric

Mix vegetables with syrup cook 15 min. makes 7 pints

Grandma Wood's bread and butter pickles

20 med cucumbers

½ c. salt

4 c. water

4 t. celery seed

2 t. ginger

12 onions

4 c. vinegar

4 c. sugar

1 t. turmeric

2 t. mustard seed

Peel and slice vegetables. Add salt and let stand 2 hours. Drain and rinse off. Heat vinegar sugar and spices to boiling point. Cook 30 min. seal

5 qts.

Old fashion sugar cookies

1 c. shortening

2 c. sugar

2 eggs (separated)

4 c. sifted flour

1 t. salt

1 t. soda1 t. lemon juice1 c. evaporated milk

1 t. vanilla

Cream the first 2 ingredients and add egg yolks until light with electric mixer. Add next ingredients. Add lemon juice to evaporated milk. Add dry and liquid ingredients alternately to the creamed mixture add vanilla. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold into batter. Drop batter by spoon about 2 or 3 min. apart on greased baking sheet. Can sprinkle cookies with sugar and cinnamon if want to.

Bake 10-12 min. at 350, you can add 1 c. nuts or 1 c. drained pineapple

Hot apple cider punch

2 ¼ c. sugar

2 sticks cinnamon

8 whole allspice

10 whole cloves (or 1 ginger root)

4 c. orange juice (frozen)

2 c. lemon juice

2 qts. Apple cider or apple juice

Combine sugar and water and boil 5 min. add spices and stand for 1 hour. Just before serving combine all and bring to a boil. Makes 4 ¼ quarts

Stuffed Pepper Shells

3 med gr. Peppers

2 c. (1 ½ #) ground beef

2 c. dry bread crumbs

2 eggs

1 t. salt

¼ t. pepper

2 T. chopped onion

3 T milk


Remove stem ends and seeds from green peppers. Cut pepper shells in two lengthwise. Combine beef dry bread crumbs, eggs, salt, pepper, onion and shortening. Fill pepper shells with meat mixture. Bake in a pan at 350 for 45 min. serve with a tomato sauce

Yield 6 stuffed peppers.

Grandma’s Meat Loaf

1 ½ # ground veal

1 ½ # ground hamburger

2 c. bread crumbs

2 c. tomato juice

Salt to taste

2 whole eggs

1 c. evaporated milk

Mix in bread crumbs with the ground meat and add tomato juice, eggs, & milk. Bake in greased pan for 2 hours.

Grandma Wood’s dill pickles

2 c. vinegar

6 c. water

½ c. salt

2 T. sugar

2 t. alum

Heat and pour over cucumbers and chill

Grandma Wood’s baby beets

Cook beats until done. Peel and put in syrup.


1 ½ c. vinegar,

¾ c. sugar,

1 c. water,

little bit of salt. (6 c. vinegar, 3 c. sugar, 4 c. water)

Boil hard 5 min. & seal glass jars. Makes 2 qts.

Grandma Wood's cinnamon roll

2 c. flour

½ c. shortenng

3 t. baking powder


¼ c. sugar

Milk to roll

Roll into sheet-butter-spread with cinnamon and brown sugar

Grandma Decker's Temptation spice cake

2 c. flour

1 t. salt

1 t. cinnamon

¼ t. cloves

1 c. milk

3 ¼ t. baking powder

1 1/3 c. sugar

½ t. nutmeg

½ c. shortening

1 t. vanilla

Beat 2 min. add 2 unbeaten eggs and beat two more minutes. Bake 35-40 min. at 350 for 2 layers.

Creamy raisin nut frosting – 2 ½ T. flour blend with ½ . milk. Cook to a very thick paste (about 10 min) stirring constantly. Cool to lukewarm. Cream ½ c. shortening with ½ c. sugar, ¼ t. salt and ½ t. cinnamon. Add paste. Beat until fluffy. Fold into ½ t. vanilla, ½ c. cut raisins and ½ c. chopped nuts use 1/3 for filling. Blend in 1 c. sifted 4x sugar. Spread on top and sides.

Rich baking powder biscuits

1 c. flour

½ t. salt

2 t. baking powder

3 T. shortening

1/3 c. milk


1 c. cornmeal

1 c. sifted flour

¼ c. sugar

½ t. salt

4 t. baking powder

1 egg

1 c. milk

¼ c. shortening

Do not overbeat- bake 425 for 20-25 min.


Oven at 400

Mix together

1 c. shortening,

1 ½ c. sugar

2 eggs

Sift and stir in

2 ¾ c. flour,

2 t. cream of tartar,

1 t. soda,

½ t. salt.

Roll into balls and roll balls into 2 T. sugar and top with cinnamon. Bake 8-10 min.

Crescent cheese rolls

1 pkg yeast

¾ c. warm water

1 egg

3 c. biscuit mix

¼ to ½ c. grated cheese

2 T. butter (softened)

Dissolve yeast in warm water, add egg & biscuit mix and beat vigorously. Stirin chese. Knead until mooth. Roll dough to 10” square and spread with butter ½. Fold unbuttered half over buttered protions. Seal edges, roll dough into 12” circle and cut into 16 points curve into crescents. Let rise about 1 hour. Bake at 400 about 10 min. brush tops with melted butter.

Cherry surprise

1/2 c. nuts

3 eggs

½ t. cream of tartar

1 c. sugar

1 t. vanilla

1 c. broken saltines

2 pkg cool whip

1 cherry pie filling

Beat egg whites stiff, add tartar, sugar slowly, vanilla. Fold in crackers, lightly oiled and floured pan bake 350 for 25 min. cool thoroughly.

Whip dream whip according to directions. Spread over baked egg whited then add fruit filling. Whe putting beaten egg whites in dish be sure to pile toward the sides of the dish & up.

1 comment:

Torrey said...

Holy cow.. There are a ton of them! Thanks for sharing Danila. You are awesome. They look like great recipes and I'm excited to try some of them out!


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