For my birthday my mother-in-law gave me the Pillsbury 4th Grand National recipe and baking contest cook book. It is a little paperback that cost 25 cents back in 1953. This recipe is the second place winner in the Junior contest. It was made by Miss Yvonne M. Whyte of New Bedford, Mass. There is a picture of her holding up her $2,000 check. That would have been enough to buy a pretty nice car in 1953.
This isn't a very sweet cookie bar as we were expecting but they are good with a big glass of milk.`
$2,000 By Cracky Bars`
Sift together :`
1 3/4 cup flour - Pillsbury of course
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. soda
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar, creaming well
Add 2 eggs; beat well
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla. Add alternately with dry ingredients to creamed mixture.
Place 1/3 of the batter in a second bowl. Add 1 square (1 oz.) melted chocolate and 3/4 cup chopped walnuts. Spread in two well greased 8x8 pans or one 9x13 pan.
Arrange 9 double graham crackers over batter in pan.
Add 3/4 cup chocolate chips to the remaining batter. Drop by spoonfuls over graham crackers and spread to cover.
Bake in 375 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.