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US Navy's soft sugar cookie recipe from WWII, and how to make it at home

 

The series host and public affairs specialist Thomas Frezza told Fox News that he started making the videos during the coronavirus pandemic. "I have a few different editions of the U.S. Navy's Cookbook and it was during quarantine, I was looking for something to do and something that we could share with the general public," Frezza said. 

Frezza has also made apple dumplings, a baked bean sandwich, salmon cakes, bean soup, wheat griddle cakes, chocolate chip cookies, tapioca cream, simmered frankfurters and rice pudding with raisins, among others. Frezza’s videos can be found on the Naval History and Heritage Command’s YouTube channel.

 

If you want to make the soft sugar cookies that sailors would have eaten in 1945, here are the original and scaled-down recipes, according to Frezza.

 

NOTE: In place of the nutmeg you can substitute Cinnamon

 

Original Ingredients

 

1½ gallons flour

5 tablespoons baking powder

2 tablespoons salt

7 tablespoons nutmeg

1½ quarts shortening

2¼ quarts sugar

12 eggs

2 tablespoons vanilla

1⅜ quarts milk

 

Scaled-down Ingredients


2½ cups flour

1½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons nutmeg

½ cup and 1 tablespoon shortening

1 cup sugar

1-2 eggs 

½ teaspoon and ¼ teaspoon vanilla

½ cup and ¼ tablespoon milk

 

Scale the ingredients into the mixing bowl.

Mix at medium speed to a smooth dough. 

 

Drop dough on greased baking sheets.

Baking: Bake at 375F for 8 to 10 minutes.

Remove cookies while warm from pan.

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1 hour ago, Waxahachie Kid #17017 L said:

I wish I knew where that recipe was, when I was in the Navy. 

 

The Navy was the only entity that could, and did, mess up Jell-O!!! 

 

The best cooks we had, were Marine cooks, on the base I was on. 

 

Best meals I routinely got in the Chow hall were midrats. Steak and eggs on occasion plus omelets cooked to order.

 

When in C-School, I figured out that the best food was served the 3 days after payday. Lots of surf-n-turf, shrimp, steak. The closer to payday it got the worse the food.

 

Shortly After I started dating the woman that was to be come my wife:wub:. Got hooked on her home cooking and the rest as they say is history.

 

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Howdy,

I once knew a girl who burned instant pudding.

But wow was she gorgeous. 

She would have fit right in with the ladies on Price is Right.

Best

CR

 

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The Navy had a recipe for soft cookies!?!  Who'd 'a thunk it?

Seriously, in my 21 years in the Navy, I don't remember much really bad food.  Not like Mom's, but, she never had to cook four meals a day for 200 to 3000 hungry sailors.  BZ to any old CS or MS out there in SASS land.

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8 hours ago, Wallaby Jack, SASS #44062 said:

my recipe:

   "Open packet of store-bought cookies, then consume"

 

simple and easy, with very little mess.   -_-

 

My waistline is testament to the same thing happening at my house...........every day.

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On 6/5/2021 at 4:33 PM, Wallaby Jack, SASS #44062 said:

my recipe:

   "Open packet of store-bought cookies, then consume"

 

simple and easy, with very little mess.   -_-

 

That’s my recipe too, I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad cookie in my life !!:lol:

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On 6/6/2021 at 12:56 AM, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

My waistline is testament to the same thing happening at my house...........every day.

:lol: Now by golly you're not supposed to imitate my bad examples! :lol:

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7 hours ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

These days, maybe a blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

 

 

I was thinking along those lines.  But that original recipe, VERY nutmeg-forward.  A little bit goes a long way.

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2 hours ago, Linn Keller, SASS 27332, BOLD 103 said:

:lol: Now by golly you're not supposed to imitate my bad examples! :lol:

It's all because of the covid pandemic.  I got my first shot and had a terrible reaction: within  two hours I went through a family size package of Double Stuff Oreos (except for one or two that I shared with my little four footed girl friend).

 

After the second shot I had a mildly sore arm, but wiped out most of a carton of vanilla ice cream dosed in real maple syrup and sprinkled with crushed pecans.

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On 6/5/2021 at 3:33 PM, Wallaby Jack, SASS #44062 said:

my recipe:

   "Open packet of store-bought cookies, then consume"

 

simple and easy, with very little mess.   -_-

 

Unfortunately, that's the way of the current US Navy, too.  A lot of the meals are pre-prepared, frozen entrees that only require heating up.  Taking all the deep-fat fryers off the ships but putting all this frozen stuff full of additives & preservatives (sodium) because of convenience.

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