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Pumpkin Cookies with Candy Corn

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From: Anna 
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:47 PM
Subject: Pumpkin cookie with candy corn face

I’m hoping you can help me find a lost recipe.

When I was a child, my mother made pumpkin cookies with candy corn faces. 
They were round, with white frosting spread over the top and the candy corns 
pressed into it. I believe the recipe came out of a magazine, most likely 
good house keeping or possibly better homes and gardens? possibly a 
manufacturer advertisement?
They were obviously Halloween themed and probably appeared in the early to 
mid 80’s. I’m not sure if the frosting was cream cheese or just straight up 
from a can. All I remember is that it was very sugary.

Thank you so much for your help and please let me know if I can provide any 
additional information!


Hello Anna,

See below for two recipes that I found.


Great Pumpkin Cookies

2 c. flour
1 c. quick oats
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. soft margarine
1 c. brown sugar
Vanilla or chocolate icing
Candy corn and raisins (optional)
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. pumpkin
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. nuts, chopped

Combine dry ingredients.  Cream margarine and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla 
and mix well.  Alternate dry ingredients and pumpkin and mix well.  Stir in 
chocolate morsels and nuts.    For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough on 
greased cookie sheet.  Spread into round shape.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 
minutes.  When cool, decorate with icing (and candy and raisins to make a 
smiling face, if desired).  Makes 20-24 cookies.
Pumpkin  Walnut  Cookies

1/2 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 lg. eggs
1 c. canned pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 c. chopped walnuts
Candy corn (garnish)
Walnut pieces (garnish)

  Cream butter and sugar.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Stir in pumpkin, 
vanilla, lemon peel and lemon juice.  Gradually add dry ingredients until 
well blended.  Stir in walnuts.  Drop by tablespoon on lightly greased 
cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes.  When cool, frost.

Buttercream Frosting:

1/3 c. soft butter
3 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
About 2 tbsp. cream

  Blend butter and sugar; stir in vanilla and cream; beat until smooth. 
Decorate cookies with walnut pieces for mouth and candy corn for nose and 
eyes.  Kids love these especially on Halloween.

Big Boy Tartar Sauce

From: ed
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 9:05 PM
Subject: Captain's steak joynt cheese fondue recipe, and Marc's Big Boy Tartar Sauce

      Marc's owner of both in Milwaukee, had a huge commissary just south of 65th and State St. 
In Milwaukee, these products were all made here under secrecy. As far as I know, no one involved 
has ever been willing to share Marc's Corp secret recipes for either delicious product. Why I 
don't know, it's not like they are every going to reopen ether restaurant. Marcus corp. is 
located in the grand avenue theatre tower at 212 w Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, wi. 53203 
good luck, god knows I've tried.

Have you tried this? Big Boy Sauce


Thanks a lot. Looks delicious.

Regards, ed

Reverse-Engineering Rubs

From: Jim
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2014 10:36 AM
Subject: Deciphering A Rub?

Do you know anyone or company that specializes in breaking down a rub recipe and naming the spices used in it?



Hi Jim,

There are lots of BBQ enthusiasts who try to duplicate rubs and sauces. I don’t know of anyone to whom you could send a sample of a rub and get a list of the ingredients and proportions. I suppose some sort of food testing lab might give an analysis for a fee. If you go to Google and search on “food testing lab”, you get a lot of listings. That route might be expensive, and I don’t know if those labs would be willing to knowingly assist someone in copying a commercial product.

Todd Wilbur specializes in copycat recipes:

Top Secret Recipes

You might try posting a request for a “tastes-like” recipe for the rub on a BBQ/Grilling message board, forum, or community such as the ones on these sites:



Which rub are you trying to duplicate? Do you want me to see if I can find a copycat recipe?



Thanks for the info.  I emailed Todd's show website awhile back and they gave me a lab in CA to try.  
I emailed them but never received a reply.  I lost the email address now.  I was trying to duplicate 
the pork shoulder rub from Jim & Nick's BBQ.  A few times I was able to buy the rub or that's what 
they told me it was while visiting the restaurant.  I saved some of that rub.  Now they sell a pork rub 
in the store but it is not the same one that comes out of their kitchen.  You are welcome to try your 
resources for it but doubt you'll find anything legit.  Jim and Nick's did give out their cole slaw 
recipe a few years ago and it can be found using Google.  It's very good too.  Thanks again for your reply.  


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