Monday, February 20, 2012

First Ladies' Chocolate Recipes for Presidents Day

Since I posted Martha Washington's Recipe for Devil's Food Cake this weekend, I thought I should post a few other Chocolate Recipes from other first ladies. The recipes are found in the individual Presidential Archives. Make any of these great recipe and celebrate Presidents Day.

From Mamie Eisenhower (Dwight D. Eisenhower) 
Mamie Eisenhower’s Million Dollar Fudge
* I posted this recipe last year in a slightly different version from the cookbook Politics & Pot Roast **This recipe makes 4 pounds of Fudge**

4 1/2 cups sugar
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 tall can evaporated milk
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate bits
12 ounces German-sweet chocolate
1 pint marshmallow cream
2 cups nutmeats

Boil the sugar, salt, butter, evaporated milk together for six minutes.
Put chocolate bits and German chocolate, marshmallow cream and nutmeats in a bowl.
Pour the boiling syrup over the ingredients.
Beat until chocolate is all melted, then pour in pan.
Let stand a few hours before cutting.
Remember it is better the second day. Store in tin box.

From Betty Ford (Gerald Ford)
Betty Ford's Chocolate Icebox Dessert

6 Eggs
1 Angel food cake
12 oz Chocolate chips
4 Tbsp Sugar
6 Tbsp Water
2 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Salt
2 cups Whipping cream

Line flat 9x9″ cake pan with wax paper.
Slice angel food cake and place a layer of cake in pan. (Slices easier if frozen). Separate eggs, beat yolks.
Melt chocolate in double boiler over water.
When melted, add sugar and water. Mix well. Make sure sugar melts.
Remove from heat and stir gradually into the beaten egg yolks. Beat until smooth. Cool this mixture. Add vanilla and salt. Mix well.
Beat egg whites until stiff.
Whip the cream.
Fold egg whites into chocolate mix, then the whipped cream.
Place a layer of chocolate on the angel food slices, than another layer of cake, then a layer of chocolate.
Place in refrigerator overnight.
This can be frozen and used later. Be sure to chill overnight before freezing.

From Lady Bird Johnson (LBJ) 
Lady Bird’s Chocolate Nut Drop Cookies

From Hillary Clinton (Bill Clinton)
Hillary Clinton's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegetable oil, for baking sheets
1 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 cup (firmly packed) light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 package (12-ounce) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking sheets with vegetable oil.
Combine flour, salt, and baking soda on waxed paper.
Beat together shortening, sugars, and vanilla in large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, beating until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour mixture and rolled oats. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop batter by well-rounded teaspoonfuls onto baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden.


Chocolate Wine said...

Great work and great ideas to learn about some delicious recipes

yummychunklet said...

The icebox dessert sounds fun!

~~louise~~ said...

Awesome post, Janet!!! I'm sorry I missed it this year but I've saved it for future reference:)

Thanks for sharing...

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be posting Moon Pies today for Mardi Gras. Gotta love the much chocolate

California Wine Club said...

its great...This is just what i was thinking. I love it.

Healthy Food Recipes said...

Thanks for the great Recipes I was looking forward this :)

Elliot Nichols said...

Thanks for yet another delicious recipe. I'd highly recommend infusing the fudge with a dash of wine to give it an extra kick!