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Chinese Chews or Captain Crunch Cookies?

From: linda
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:23 AM

Hi Phaedrus,

I am looking for a no bake drop cookie recipe that was given to me by a dear friend back in the 70’s.

It was called:

Chinese Chews. 


Almond Bark
Peanut Butter
Captain Crunch Cereal
Chow mein Noodles
Dry Roasted Peanuts


Melt almond bark, add peanut butter stir until peanut butter is combined
Pour over remaining ingredients
Drop healthy teaspoonful onto wax paper
Allow the  mixture to set

Thanks so much for your help!! 

Hello Linda,

I am finding a lot of recipes that are similar to your description, but none that fit your description exactly.

I am finding that “Chinese Chews” recipes always contain chow mein noodles, but never contain Captain Crunch cereal. On the other hand, I am finding a lot of recipes called “Captain Crunch Cookies” or “Almond Bark Cookies” or “No Bake Cookies”. However, none of these are called “Chinese Chews”, and none of them contain chow mein noodles. It appears to be one or the other, but not both. In addition, many of these recipes calls for rice krispies as well as Captain Crunch cereal, and many of them call for miniature marshmallows as well. It almost appears that the recipe your friend gave you was a combination of these two recipes (“Chinese Chews” and “Captain Crunch Cookies”).

There are examples of the cookies with Captain Crunch below. I will post this on my site for reader input, but it will be several weeks before it appears. Keep checking my main page.


Almond Bark Cookies
1 1/2 lb. almond bark
2 c. salted peanuts
2 c. Rice Krispies
2 c. Captain Crunch peanut butter flavored cereal

In saucepan melt almond bark. Mix in remaining ingredients. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. 
Let cool at room temperature.
Almond Bark Cookies
1 1/2 lb. white almond bark
2 c. crunchy peanut butter
2 c. Captain Crunch cereal
1 1/2 c. miniature marshmallows
1 c. mixed nuts

Melt almond bark. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Drop by spoonful on oil paper or cookie sheet. 
Cool and place in covered container.
No Bake Cookies    

1 lb. almond bark
2 c. Captain Crunch cereal
2 c. Rice Krispies cereal
2 c. pretzel sticks, broken in half
1 c. salted Spanish peanuts

Melt almond bark and stir in all other ingredients. Cover cookie sheets with foil and drop by teaspoon. 
Let cool.
No Baking Cookies
2 lbs. almond bark
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 lb. salted peanuts
3 c. Captain Crunch
2 c. Rice Krispies
2 c. miniature marshmallows

Melt almond bark in double boiler - add peanut butter. Mix and pour over rest of ingredients. 
Drop by spoonful on foil or wax paper. Cool.
Unbaked Almond Bark Cookies
2 lbs. almond bark, melted
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 pkg. (3 c.) salted peanuts
2 c. Rice Krispies
3 c. Captain Crunch
2 c. sm. colored marshmallows

Melt almond bark, add peanut butter, then pour over the rest of ingredients. Drop on tin foil by spoon. 
Let cool.

Weight Watchers Lemon Pie

From: Mary 
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2017 4:36 PM
Subject: Weight Watcher Lemon Pie from Early 1980's

I joined Weight Watchers in the early 1980’s after graduating from college to lose the more than Freshman 15 that I had gained.  
During one of the first meetings I attended, my instructor gave us a Lemon Pie recipe made with knox gelatin that you could 
literally have 1/4 of the pie as your serving.  This got me through many a tough time and plateau.  Somewhere along all the moves, 
I lost the recipe and would love to have the recipe back.  I have had no luck searching the Web and for the life of me can only 
remember my instructor’s first name, Joyce.  The pie was extremely lemony, but very simple to make.



Hello Mary,

I cannot find a lemon pie recipe with Knox (or “unflavored”) gelatin that mentions Weight Watchers. I did find several “lemon pie” or “lemon chiffon pie” or similarly named lemon pie recipes with the gelatin, but without more information about the one you want, I cannot determine which of them might be the same recipe or might be close. What other ingredients? How much of any one of the ingredients? Sugar or sugar substitute? What kind of crust pie crust or graham cracker?

I will post this for reader input, but it will be at least a month before it appears.


Okemo Cake Kitchen

From: Barbara
Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2017 9:30 PM
Subject: Request

Recipe for cakes at Okemo Cake Kitchen, which was in Newton Centre Mass. White cake, white frosting or any other cake. 
They were so light and luscious, but they left in early 70's? 


Hello Barbara,

Sorry, no success. I found a few mentions of Okemo Cake Kitchen, but no recipes at all.

I’ll post this for reader input.


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