Friday, November 4, 2016

Retro Recipes--Butterscotch Biscuits

Do you remember the 1960’s? A decade of changes big and small.
  • North America and the world were rocked by three assassinations and the strongest earthquake in recorded history.
  • The Russians were the first to send a man into space; in the United States the Studebaker was laid to rest.
  • Sam Walton opened the first Wal-mart and gas was an astounding 25 cents per gallon.
  • Knee-high pleated skirts gave way to thigh-high minis and Bryllcreem sales plummeted after the arrival of the Fab 4.
  • Alfred Hitchcock frightened us into favoring baths over showers.
  • Andy Warhol immortalized a can of soup.
  • And, closer to home, every freshman in high school was required to pass a Home Economics course. 

I mention this because today I found, tucked away in my card file, a recipe I saved from my 1960’s HomeEc course—the only recipe that was worth saving.

Mrs. Halverson's Butterscotch Biscuits
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Blend together butter and the 3/4 cup brown sugar. Divide between 12 greased 3-inch muffin pan sections.
  3. Sift flour with the baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly--the size of peas.
  4. Mix together the milk and egg; gently stir into the flour mixture.
  5. Lightly flour your work surface. Pat the dough into a 13x10-inch rectangle.
  6. Spread the 2 tablespoons of butter over the dough; sprinkle with the 1/2 cup brown sugar.
  7. Roll up like a jelly roll; cut into 12 slices and place each in a section of the prepared pan.
  8. Bake in preheated oven until golden, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and serve warm.


  1. See, I just think recipes like this one are cruel. I'm just tossing out my opinion, mind you, so don't take it personally. :) I'm sitting here eating a plain English muffin and you pop in with a mouthwatering delectable like this. Cruel, Linda, so cruel!

    1. Well Bill, there's always tomorrow. Yes, they are amazing hot out of the oven, but I ate (a leftover) one this morning and it was still yummy. You and Bev can make these today -- easy peasy.

  2. Ok, I need to make space in my recipe box for this one. Sweet and easy, that's the way I like it.

    1. Blond L - It really is pretty easy (and smells good too). If you're in a pinch you can forgo the biscuit dough and use Bisquick. Thanks for stopping by. (BTW I recognize your name from HP).

  3. Yum! I love butterscotch. Just might have to give these a try. Mrs. Halverson would be very proud that you kept this recipe all these years!

  4. They really are good, but I have not made them for years. ...maybe this weekend.