Sunday, June 10, 2012

MAD MEN FINALE PARTY: Retro Chocolate Desserts

The finale for Mad Men is tonight. Wasn't this a short season? Love the show, but after waiting for over a year and a half for Season 5, I wish there were more episodes.

Anyway, I want to make something special for tonight's finale. I've posted several different recipes for Retro Chocolate Cakes and Desserts that fit the period (see links below). These are all great mid-century Mad Men mid-century chocolate recipes. Definitely try some for your Mad Men Party.

I have one more addition to the list. Refrigerator cookies were very, very mid-century. My mother loved to make pinwheel cookies, and we loved to eat them. Very mid-century! Love the combination and look of Pinwheel Cookies. Great Mad Men dessert--Spiraling Down. Recipe below. You can easily bake a batch for tonight's viewing!

Retro Chocolate Desserts

Chocolate Coca Cola Cake (Pepsi can be substituted)

Chocolate 7-Up Cake

Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake

Cool Whip & Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie

Chocolate Fondue

My mother made these for us during the early Mad Men years, and they were my favorite of all the cookies she made--maybe because of the way they looked, as much as the taste. Refrigerator (icebox) cookies are simple to make. The recipe is from the Settlement Cookbook, my mother's 'other' Bible.

"Refrigerator or icebox cookies are among the quickest to make; the dough is molded into oblongs or uniform rolls, and thoroughly chilled. The roll is then sliced with a gently sawing motion that does not distort the shape. Refrigerator cookie dough keeps well, and the cookies may be sliced and baked in small quantities, as needed."

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sweet sugar
1 egg yolk
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 square unsweetened chocolate (I'm sure my Mother used Baker's), melted

Cream butter and sugar; add egg yolk and beat well.
Sift dry ingredients and add to mixture with milk and vanilla.
Divide dough in half.
Add chocolate to one part.
Pat each into a thin, oblong sheet on waxed paper.
Place chocolate dough over white dough and roll tightly.
Chill until firm.
Slice thin.
Bake on greased cookie sheet in a moderately hot oven (375 F) for 10 minutes.


Sunchowder said...

Oh do I remember these! Perfect for tonight!

Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

I just won a copy of the Mad Men cookbook; not with enough time to plan a party but I don't care; I'm going to do a series. The cocktails from the scenes are classics and so is the food. Great fun!

Anonymous said...

What a fun idea to have a Mad Men cookbook!

Janet Rudolph said...

Must have the Mad Men cookbook... off to get it..