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Aunty Rolling Pin here. I declare, some mighty good things are having their 100th birthday this year! You already know it’s the 100th birthday of the Mary Frances Books, but it is also the 100th birthday of America’s favorite cookie — the Oreo! I told Mary Frances she should have a tea party with her American Girl dolls and I’ll teach her a recipe that uses Oreos in a modern day way. I’ll show her how to make Oreo Truffles! They are so delicious and I know her dolls, Mary Marie, Angelina and Emily will love them! Mary Frances can make up the invitations and place cards. She’ll set the table nice and pretty and everyone will wear their party clothes. We’ll all sing Happy Birthday and it will be a grand afternoon!

Oreo Truffles

OREO TRUFFLES

Ingredients
36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed, divided
1 pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
4 pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted

 

Directions

1. Reserve 1/4 cup cookie crumbs. Mix cream cheese and remaining cookie crumbs until blended.

2. Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Dip in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.

3. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

 

Happy Birthday, Oreos!

 

The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children's Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls

Mary Frances’ American Girl Doll, Mary Marie, wearing her pink dress for the Tea party.

Pattern is #20 from The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition: A Children’s Story-Instruction Sewing Book with Doll Clothes Patterns for American Girl and Other 18-inch Dolls.

March 25, 2012
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Mary Frances here. The Mary Frances Cook Book is my first book. It was written in 1912—and here it is 2012! My, how time flies! This is the story of my adventures among the Kitchen People. It all started one day when Mother wasn’t feeling well and I wanted to fix her a snack. I didn’t know how to cook, but I thought I’d try my best. When I went into the kitchen, I wished I had help—and suddenly I heard voices. It was the kitchen utensils! They came to life—and had names such as Tea Kettle, Toaster Man and Boiler Pan.

Three Kitchen People

They helped me make the best Milk Toast that Mother said she had ever eaten, and that was just the beginning. For 3 weeks, my kitchen was the most delightful fairyland of cooking adventures with the dearest friends a girl could ever hope to have. I counted 28 Kitchen People in all! Some days I’d jump out of bed early and sneak to the kitchen, I was so anxious to get started! By the end of our time together, I had made meat, egg and vegetable dishes, plus custard, cookies, candies, and cakes. I made breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert—and learned how to cook—just as you will learn by reading my story and following along with the recipes in my book.

The Mary Frances Cook Book 100th Anniversary Edition has some new surprises. You will appreciate that it contains cooking temperatures for present-day ovens. You see, we used coal stoves back in 1912 and they didn’t have temperature controls. It also has patterns to make the cutest apron with a ruffly edge and a cooking cap—just like the ones Aunt Maria gave me! Mine were white, but you can use any fabric you like.

  Apron and Cooking Cap

 

I loved learning to cook, and I know you will love it too!

The Mary Frances Cook Book 100th Anniversary Edition at Amazon.com

(Click on the cover to go to Amazon.com)