I selected Mrs. V. M. Berlet’s recipe for Rocks in the 1906 Berlin Cook Book as I’m about to head to a garden show and these seem like good “traveling” cookies.
Elizabeth Spahr and Valentine M. Berlet were married in 1893 and they are listed in the 1901 census. They live in Waterloo rather than Berlin and Mr. Berlet is a tailor. They have three young children, Oscar E. (6), Carl S. (4), and Delphine F. (3). By 1911 the couple live on Frederick street in Berlin and Valentin is a superintendent of a robe and clothing factory. They list their heritage as German and religion is Lutheran.
I creamed the butter and sugar and added the eggs. I chopped up the dates, raisins and walnuts and mixed them into the batter. Finally the cream of tartar, baking soda and flour were mixed together and then added to the Rocks batter. I used a teaspoon to drop the batter onto a greased cookie sheet and baked them for 12 minutes at 350 degrees F. They were golden on top and soft inside.
Today’s taster thinks these cookies taste just like a hermit cookie minus the spice. They are just as good in 2012 as they would be in 1912 for the Berlet family. I think these cookies rock. They are great warm and good later. The balance of dates, raisin and walnut is perfect. The cookies travelled pretty well but should be in a firm container to come out completely unscathed and kept in a sealed container to stay fresh. Mrs. Berlet’s Rocks are highly recommended.
3 eggs. 1 1/2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup butter, 1 cup chopped dates, 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup chopped raisins, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon soda sifted in 2 1/2 cups flour. Drop a teaspoon in pan and bake.