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Butterscotch Date Overnights Recipe

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Margaret, Roy Dahl and Jewel


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Margaret Dahl
Added: Saturday, November 29, 2008


3 1/4 c. flour
1 c. shortening
2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 c. dates
1 c. nuts
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream shortening. Add sugar and cream well. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well. Add salt and vanilla. Cut dates and nuts. Flour them with 1/4 c. of flour. Add to the creamed mixture. Sift soda and cream of tartar with 1 c. of flour and stir into the first mixture. Add remaining 2 c. of flour.
Shape into two rolls 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
Wrap in waxed paper. Place in refrigerator
overnight. Slice and bake on greased sheet.
Makes 5 dozen cookies
Temperature 400

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
5 dozen
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
*Recipe submitted by Jo-Anne Anderson from 1951 Ladies Aid Cookbook. Thank you, Jo-Anne!
Margaret (Mrs.Roy Dahl) worked for the telephone company out of her house in Wannaska,Minnesota for many years. She was a switchboard operator and she had an instrument panel that she plugged the wires in to connect the person calling to the person who was to receive the calls. Can't say for sure if SHE did this but I would've been inclined to rubber neck (listen in, as it was called back then) on some of the conversations that went through that switchboard (of course just to make sure that everything was ok with everyone or if there was anything I could do to help...hee hee), but that would be me... It must have been quite a daunting task to remember who's line was who's line, but I remember her with her headset on, plugging those lines in like nobodys business and keeping a conversation with whoever was in the room at the same time.

*I bet if you asked my mother she would've said I would have been a great switchboard operator because I could keep a conversation going in one room and know what was being said in the next room at the same time. That being said a good girl scout is always aware and alert!




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