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Mmmm, honey. I could talk about my favorite sweetener all day, but let's just get to the point:

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Mary Dexter’s Honey Cookies, Sept. 1, 1949

Mary Dexter’s Honey Cookies,  Sept. 1, 1949

Best dipped in coffee. These reminded me of a miniature coffee cake, perfect for a quiet morning and a good book.


  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup shortening or softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • *Vanilla
  • *Flour to drop

Cream honey and butter together. Add the egg and vanilla. Sift the remaining ingredients together and add to the mixture. Drop onto cookie sheets and bake for 12 minutes at 350°.


*2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp vanilla

A Note About the Random

So here's where a 1940's housewife just winged it. She went by feel and didn't treat a recipe like a chemistry experiment.  I am not a 1940's housewife. I am an Instruction Follower, and if something doesn't tell me exactly what to do I get a little panicky.

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like we need to be told how to do most things these days. We want exact directions and reassurance that we won’t fail.

Or maybe we just don’t spend as much time in the kitchen with our busy modern lives. Maybe we don’t have the experience to just know these things.
In any event, I went with it and guessed at 1 tsp. vanilla and 2½ cups of flour. It worked out fabulous. This little foray into Not Following Instructions reminded me that I can trust myself. A little bit.
Just the right consistency for drop cookies