Friday, June 5, 2020

Vintage Recipe: Orange Cream Pie & Sour Cream Cookies

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 

Today's "vintage recipe" post is actually a double feature! The following recipe for Orange Cream Pie was handwritten in ink on both sides of an index card that had been darkened with time. It was found in a small red metal recipe file box worn with age. The original recipe card is dated “2-17-44”.

The reverse side of the recipe card also has a recipe for Sour Cream Cookies which is being included in today’s post.

See more recipes from this collection!

The original recipes have both been scanned and are transcribed below so they can be printed out for easy use in your own kitchen. As is common in many older recipes, neither recipe has baking instructions written on the original recipe cards.

We have not yet begun testing out these recipes to determine correct baking instructions but we will be sure to update this post when we do. Enjoy!

Please Note: Every effort has been made to transcribe these old recipe cards completely and accurately. Many have faded, are stained, or simply do not include every step or tool used in the process. We have changed the wording in some places and added instruction in others to make the text a bit clearer. We do not test or verify all the information found on these old cards. If you choose use the information found here, please know that you do so at your own risk.

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Orange Cream Pie


  • 2 Eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Tbs. Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. Orange Rind, grated
  • 1 Tbs. Lemon Rind, grated
  • 3 Tbs. Orange Juice
  • 2 Tbs. Lemon Juice
  • 2 cups Milk


  1. Grate orange and lemon rind and let stand in juice while cooking other parts.
  2. Mix sugar with cornstarch, adding part of the milk.
  3. Scald rest of milk and add to mixture.
  4. Cook slowly stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from fire and add beaten egg yolks and salt.
  6. Mix well. Cook and mix longer.
  7. Add strained juice and allow to become lukewarm.
  8. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.


Original recipe is dated 2-17-44. No baking instructions were included. The recipe card also has the recipe ingredients for Sour Cream Cookies written on the back.
Created using The Recipes Generator
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Sour Cream Cookies


  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 pinch Salt



Original recipe is written on the back of an index card with a recipe for Orange Cream Pie. The recipe is dated 2-17-44. No instructions for baking or otherwise were included on the recipe card for these cookies.
Created using The Recipes Generator

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