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Aunt Madaline's Vintage Recipes

Updated on January 26, 2014

Aunt Madaline's Recipe Collection

I have a lot of vintage recipes from old magazines and newspapers I would like to share with you.

My Aunt Madaline loved to cook. She grew up on a farm, survived the Great Depression and had a voracious sweet tooth. She kept a collection of recipes, including a large number of recipes she clipped from the newspaper. Often she would save the entire page or even a section of the paper if it had several dishes she wanted to try. She was especially fond of recipes for cakes and cookies.

When Aunt Madaline died, my mother brought me a big box filled with all of the vintage recipes she had saved going back to the 1940's. Now I am sharing all those great vintage recipes here for you to enjoy!

This lens is constantly evolving and growing as I add new vintage recipes. Check back often to see what's new in old recipes!

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Vintage Recipe: Grandma's Apple Cake

Here is a video recipe for Grandma's Apple Cake. This sounds very delicious and easy to make. See the link below for the hard-to-find ingredient in this vintage recipe: Black Walnut Flavoring.

Marshalls Creek Spices BLACK WALNUT FLAVORING, 8 Ounce
Marshalls Creek Spices BLACK WALNUT FLAVORING, 8 Ounce

The old timey black walnut flavoring you need to make Grandma's Apple Cake.


Vintage Recipe Cookbooks

If you love vintage recipes, check out these cookbooks!

More Vintage Recipe Cookbooks

EBay is a great place to find all kinds of vintage recipes and kitchen items from the 1950's or so.

Keep Your Recipes in a Vintage Recipe Box

Look at these wonderful old recipe boxes you can find on eBay!

Do you have a memory of an old recipe your mother or grandmother used to make from the 1940's, 1950's or 1960's?

What is Your Favorite Vintage Recipe?

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    • ecogranny profile image

      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      I have a cake recipe we love that was printed over 100 years ago in McCalls magazine. I wish to goodness I could have the cookbook my mom had. It was already half a century old half a century ago. Thank you for showing where we can get black walnut flavoring. I surely do wish I knew where to get black walnuts. We used to have a tree, and they are the best!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      5 years ago from Royalton

      We make and sell Tongue Pickles. They are vintage ripe cucumber pickles (not tongues). They get their name from the shape the cucumbers are cut in. This recipe has been passed down from over a hundred years. My grandmother kept her recipes in a wooden box similar to the ones you show here. She often cut out recipes from magazines, newspapers or traded and shared them with her neighbors. I love shuffling through them when I am looking for a vintage recipe. I am looking forward to trying out some of yours.

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      6 years ago

      I like my mother's old recipe for Apple Dapple Cake and also picadillo.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Vintage recipes tend to adapt to become our own. My mom was over for supper one night and was raving about the sweet and sour pork I had cooked, I almost fell off my chair when she asked for the recipe, it was a recipe that I had gotten from her. Shows how we adapt these recipes to make them our own lol.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      The vintage apple cake certainly caught my eye! I make lots of vintage recipes, some more than 2,000 years old

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes, among others, my Mom made Oatmeal Cake with a broiled-on coconut frosting and a Chess pie that we have shared through our family members. I've also shared them here on Squidoo. If I could re-like this lens I'd do so, because it's really excellent. Failing that, I guess I'll just have to bless it! :-)

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      7 years ago

      In the 1950's, my mom made congo squares for every special event from holidays to church picnics. I still make them at Thanksgiving! and I use her recipe from our family cookbook!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I didn't know you could buy black walnut flavoring. Hmmm, maybe I should stock some ot it in, though I don't bake much.

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      7 years ago

      Cheese boats ;-)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for adding this to my Recipes, Reviews and Food Collection lens.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I have Mom's Carrot Cake, Date Nut Bread, and Oatmeal Cake are three that come to mind offhand, but there are many more! Great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago from McLaughlin

      Two of my mom's recipes from the 50's are my favorites. Thanks for reminding me.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      This reminds me that I need to take Mom's vintage recipes (that used to be on eHow) and get them onto a Squidoo lens. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      I like vintage recipes but sometimes the instructions are a little 'odd'. i.e. a pound of eggs :)

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      7 years ago

      Fun idea for an article! I have my mother's dog-eared old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, as well as so many hand written recipes from her and from my grandmothers. Oldies but goodies, for sure! Hopefully, some of my own recipes will be in future generations' vintage collections!

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      Diane Cass 

      7 years ago from New York

      The pop-up is gone now. *whew*. Don't know where that came from .

      I love my old cookbooks. I have my grandmother's from the 1920's, a copy of my mom's 1051 Betty Crocker cookbook that I use ALL the time, as well as many I have collected that are from the 1800's. I'm getting up the nerve to try recipes from an 1846 handwritten recipe book that measures in teacups.

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      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      I was blessed with my grandma's cooking journals when she passed away...along with some awesome vintage ladie's club and local cookbooks. So, yes I love vintage recipes and discovering what my grandma loved to cook.

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      Diane Cass 

      7 years ago from New York

      Hey, my computer is getting hijacked by a pop-up when I try to vote on your poll. Not cool!

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      Tracy Smith 

      7 years ago from Maryville, TN

      Love getting into the old recipes. Sometimes I find dishes I forgot about. One of my favorites is an Apple Crumb pie my Grandma always made. I love apple pie but I was never found of the crust, I guess I just loved the middle of the pie. The Apple Crumb pie didn't have a bottom crust and the top crust was just yummy cinnamon crust sprinkled over it.

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      jseven lm 

      7 years ago

      I have my mom's recipe box and cherish it so much! Great lens. :)

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      7 years ago

      Oh and my mom always said sugar cookies aren't any good unless you make the kind that requires a flour sifter. I'm not sure if she's right about that because I rarely make them, but I can tell you the sugar cookie dough that comes in a plastic roll at the store is just gross.

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      7 years ago

      Icebox pickles and cinnamon pie

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I have a few of my mom's and aunt's old recipes and love looking at the handwriting and remembering them most.


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