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The Betty Crocker Cooky Book - a Vintage Treasure for Today's Bakers

Updated on November 14, 2013

I am a bit of a cookbook collector. I own hundreds. However, there is one in my collection that I treasure above all others. It is a 1963 edition of Betty Crocker's Cooky Book. It is tattered (well-loved as I like to call it) and the cover has fallen off and has to be held in place with tape. Most people would take one look at it and pitch it in the garbage. However, I wouldn't part with it for anything in the world. You see, that cookbook belonged to my great-grandmother.

My great-grandmother, Edwinna, passed away in 1986 when I was 12 years old. My grandmother decided that I needed something to remember her by and chose for me this cookbook from all of Edwinna's possessions. I remember that my 12 year old self was not too impressed with her choice! I stuck it on a bookshelf where it was promptly forgotten.

I came across the Cooky Book again when I was packing up my childhood belongings, preparing to start a new life with my husband. At that time, I finally realized what a treasure I had been given, and the cookbook has had an honored place in my kitchen ever since.

This cookbook became even more precious to me when I had kids of my own. Each time I make a recipe from it, I find myself wondering if my great-grandmother ever made that recipe. I love the thought that Edwinna had used those very same pages to make delicious treats for her family and friends.

Betty Crocker's Cooky Book is my go-to cookbook whenever I want to make cookies. It contains 138 pages of recipes of all kinds - drop cookies, bar cookies, molded or pressed cookies, rolled cookies, refrigerator cookies, and more! It even has a section of fun holiday cookies. Scattered throughout the book are delightful vintage illustrations and full-color photos of all the recipes.

My mouth is already watering when I think of all the yummy holiday cookies I will make for family and friends in the coming months. I have to smile when I think of my daughters and I gathered in the kitchen, with the Cooky Book open on the counter, making tons of Russian tea cakes, decorated sugar cookies, candy cane cookies, Krumkake, and Spritz Cookies.

Recently, I was excited to discover that Betty Crocker's Cooky Book has been re-released for a whole new generation to enjoy. I have already decided that I am going to get copies for each of my daughters when they are older so that they can make wonderful memories baking cookies with their own children. I just love the thought of multiple generations of women in our family all using this beloved cookbook to make cookies for their families to enjoy!

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Cover of my vintage Betty Crocker Cookbook.  You can see that it is well-loved!The inside cover of the Cooky Book.  You can see my grandmother wrote that it was a gift to me from the estate of my great-grandmother.One of the inside pages of my cookbook that contains the recipe for Russian Tea Cakes - a family holiday favorite!
Cover of my vintage Betty Crocker Cookbook.  You can see that it is well-loved!
Cover of my vintage Betty Crocker Cookbook. You can see that it is well-loved!
The inside cover of the Cooky Book.  You can see my grandmother wrote that it was a gift to me from the estate of my great-grandmother.
The inside cover of the Cooky Book. You can see my grandmother wrote that it was a gift to me from the estate of my great-grandmother.
One of the inside pages of my cookbook that contains the recipe for Russian Tea Cakes - a family holiday favorite!
One of the inside pages of my cookbook that contains the recipe for Russian Tea Cakes - a family holiday favorite!

In the mood to make cookies now? Check out some of my must-haves for cookie baking!

Artisan Silicone Baking Mat for Half-Size Cookie Sheet with Red Border, 16.5 x 11 inches, 2-Pack
Artisan Silicone Baking Mat for Half-Size Cookie Sheet with Red Border, 16.5 x 11 inches, 2-Pack

Whenever I make cookies, I always use a silicon baking mat to ensure my cookies don't stick to the pan.

 
AirBake Natural 2 Pack Cookie Sheet Set, 16 x 14 in
AirBake Natural 2 Pack Cookie Sheet Set, 16 x 14 in

These are the baking sheets I use when I make cookies. I love mine and wouldn't use any other kind for my cookie baking.

 
OXO Good Grips Cookie Press with Stainless Steel Disks and Storage Case
OXO Good Grips Cookie Press with Stainless Steel Disks and Storage Case

I love my cookie press and use it often when I want fun shaped cookies. Our favorite shapes are the hearts, flowers, and leaves. I have used several different cookie presses in the past, but I love this one because it comes with a case so you can keep all the disks together.

 

Are you hungry for cookies now?

Now that I have you in the mood to make cookies, be sure to check out this fun video with great tips for decorating sugar cookies. Yum!

Do you have a treasured family cookbook? What is your favorite cookie recipe? Feel free to leave any comments or questions. I would love to hear from you!

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      livingfrontiers 3 years ago

      Mom always baked from the cooky book...misspelled cover in all its glory. We baked many cookies from this book! I have the reintroduced edition from 2002, the original with handwriting and flour residue still is with Mom. The spritz and snickerdoodle are my favorites!

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      I have one called The Cook Not Mad in hard cover with jacket. Canada's First Cookbook 1831 ~re-adapted in 1972 with same covers. It contains history, the original receipts (spelled that way) with present-day adaptations. Apparently some of those original recipes could make one ill. LOL

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      RazzbarryBreeze 3 years ago

      I typically use my Grandmas cookie recipe at christmas time but this is a great cookbook and would be nice to have as well.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Yes, Colorado Cache. It was my mother's.

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      Classic, thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I don't have. I learn about cook from my mom.

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      My mom has few of them which my grandma gave to her...old cookbooks are great!

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      Scraps2treasures 3 years ago

      @TheWritingnag: I will have to look up the hermit bars. Thanks for visiting!

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      Writing Nag 3 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I love this book! My mom still has our much beloved Cooky Book and it's well used. Hermit bars and peanut butter cookies!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I wish I still had a copy!

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      candy47 3 years ago

      I have this Cooky Book too! Some of the pages are stuck together but it's a keeper. Nice lens!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Very sweet lens. I enjoyed reading it. I do have a couple of very old cookbooks that have been passed down. They are treasures.