It’s time we told you the truth: some of our mothers’ simple, undisclosed recipes weren’t completely their own. Many of them were the old school, “back of the box” classics – whether they were Mom’s own variations or straight representations, the backs of those boxes were once the best kept secret weapons in the kitchen.
There’s something more comforting about cooking or baking from the back of a box than from an actual cookbook or Internet recipe. It’s all about marketing – if the box endorses it, it must be flawless in taste and method. Back of the box recipes are usually plain, simple and dedicated to the ingredient featured and sold inside the package. So, what makes a recipe a classic? It seems as though Generation X has come to know the taste of these recipes as “classics” because of their original box printing and familiar nostalgic taste. Whether semi-homemade or semi-authentic, we grew up with these time-honored recipes and consider them family.
This week: Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies