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Halloween Treats

Applesauce Cookies

  • 1 cup warm un-sweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp each salt and soda
  • 1 tsp each cloves, allspice, cinnamon
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup each raisins and nuts

Stir soda, sugar and shortening into warm applesauce. Sift spice with the flour. Mix. Bake.

– Mrs. P.V. Murray

applesauce cookies on a plate

From “Helping You Plan…A Treasure Chest of Good Things to Eat” published by The Ladies Aid of the United Methodist Church, Durango in 1935.

This recipe is included in the Animas City Cookie Book, a collection of cookie recipes from local heritage cookbooks and images from the Museum’s collection. Proceeds from the book benefit the La Plata County Historical Society and the Animas Museum. Check back here soon to learn how to get a copy.

image of cookie book and pumpkin

Wet your whistle with an old-fashioned beverage. These are from 1910-20, and feature one that was just the thing to celebrate the end of WWI.

Armistice Punch

Dissolve one and one-half cup of sugar with one cup of hot water, adding one cup of orange juice and one-half cup of lemon juice. Strain through a fine sieve into a punch bowl over cracked ice. When ready to serve, add one pint of ginger ale and one pint of Lithia (sparkling water today). Put in one orange sliced into thin slices and some preserved cherries.

Overland Punch

Put one pint of white grape juice, and one quart of ginger ale on ice until very cold. Mix together when ready to serve.

Lorraine Punch

Take the juice of half a grapefruit, one cup of grape juice, one cup of cider, and four tablespoonfuls of sugar. Mix well, and put in punch bowl with plenty of ice, and when ready to serve, add two bottles of Seltzer.

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