“Cakes and cookies were often the “conversation openers” on the frontier. A housewife always kept a cake handy if a neighbor dropped in, and a cookie jar filled to the brim just in case any kids were hanging around on bake day. Cakes came in handy for ice cream socials, Sunday picnics, house raising and all sorts of occasions. So the woman had to have handy a variety of recipes from which she could draw, sometimes at a moment’s notice.” -Mrs Robert Brenner, My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon.

Copied below are a few recipes that appear in The First Families into Jackson Hole by Melvina Robertson.PioneerWeights