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Cowboy Dessert Recipes September 20, 2008 10:31 PM

Cowboy Mock Apple Pie

This is one of those simple pioneer recipes that really gives a surprising result.
The old timers were good at making something out of nothing.

Break 12 soda crackers into a bowl and and add 1 cup of cold water, 1 cup sugar, juice of one lemon and a  little nutmeg or cinnamon.

Pour into unbaked pie shell. Dot with butter; cover with top with pie crust and bake in a moderate oven for around 30 minutes or to a golden brown color.

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Anasazi Apple Pie September 20, 2008 10:34 PM

Source: Cowboy Cartoon Cook Book
Publisher: Golden West Publishers


4 cups APPLES, peeled, cored and sliced thin
1/4 cups RAISINS
1/2 cup WATER
3 Tbsp. all purpose FLOUR
1/2 cup SUGAR
1 Tbsp. grated fresh LEMON RIND
1 Tbsp. fresh LEMON JUICE
1/4 cup WATER
2 tsp. BUTTER
Prepared PIE CRUST SHELL (pkg of 2)


In large saucepan simmer apples, raisins, water and lemon juice for eight minutes, stirring occasionally.  Set aside to cool.
In large bowl combine flour, sugars, lemon rind, apple pie spice and cinnamon.  Sprinkle this mixture over cooled apples along with lemon juice and water to coat well.  Spoon into prepared pie shell. Dot with butter.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
For top of pie, cut pie dough into strips and place lightly over apple slices.  Sprinkle with additional sugar to taste, place on baking sheet and tent with foil. Bake 15 minutes at 450 degrees.  Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake additional 20 minutes to brown.

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 September 20, 2008 10:37 PM

Bear Signs(Old Fashioned Donuts) 

This is an old-fashioned cowboy recipe.

 1 c buttermilk

2 eggs. beaten

1 c granulated sugar

1/3 c butter or margarine, melted

 2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

4 c all-purpose flour

 In the first bowl, mix buttermilk, eggs, sugar and melted butter until well blended. In a second bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, cinnamon and flour. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the first bowl, stirring them together. This mix should be stiff enough to hold a spoon upright; if not, mix in more flour. Knead together lightly for a minute or so, then turn out onto a floured board or countertop. Use a rolling pin, empty bottle or the heel of your hand to roll out to about one finger-width high (1/4 inch). Cut circles out with a small glass and set aside for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, pour 1 inch of oil in a large skillet and heat to 375 degrees F. It's hot enough when a bread cube browns in about 1 minute. Slide the circles into the frying pan and brown one side. Turn over and brown the other. Set out to drain on a plate covered with paper towels. Cover with powdered sugar and eat warm.

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 September 20, 2008 10:40 PM

Cowboy Pudding 


1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 1/2 cups hot water

 1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

 1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup melted margarine

1/2 tsp vanilla

 1/2 cup sliced dates

1/4 cup chopped nuts

Combine brown sugar and hot water and stir to dissolve sugar. Heat to boiling and pour into 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Combine dry ingredients, gradually add melted butter and milk to make smooth batter. Add Vanilla, dates and nuts. Drop batter from spoon into hot syrup. Bake at 375F for about forty minutes.

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Hot & Spicy Bananas September 21, 2008 7:41 AM


2 cups dark beer, room temperature

1 cup half-and-half

 2 cups water

6 bananas, peeled and quartered

 2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

3 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups stale bread crumbs

 Vanilla ice cream

Spicy Caramel Sauce,(recipe follows)

Combine ingredients for the wet batter. Dip quartered bananas in wet batter. Roll in the sugar to coat. Roll in the flour to coat. Freeze for 15 minutes Dip in the egg and roll in the bread crumbs to coat. Freeze Preheat a deep pot of oil or a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F. Fry until golden brown, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream topped with Cowgirl Chocolates Spicy Caramel Sauce.


Cowgirl Chocolates Spicy Caramel Sauce

1 cup sugar 2/3 cup corn syrup

 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

 1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon lecithin

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

3 ounces dark chocolate, optional

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/2 cup of the cream. Bring to a boil and cook to just below soft ball stage, about 210 to 220 degrees F. Add 1/2 cup of the cream and return to boil. Cook to just below soft ball stage. Add the remaining cream and return to boil. Cook to just below soft ball stage. Remove from heat and add vanilla, lecithin, cayenne (for desired heat), and chocolate, if using.

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 September 21, 2008 7:47 AM

Peach Schnapps Cake Jeannetta 

Serves 8

 Source: Cowboy Cartoon Cook Book/ Publisher: Golden West Publishers


 1 pkg. (16 oz.) Golden Pound Cake Mix

 3 Tbsp. Flour

 1 pkg. (3 1/2 oz.) instant Vanilla Pudding mix

 1/2 c Water

1/2 c Wesson Oil 

1/2 c Peach Schnapps 

4 Eggs

1 tsp. Vegetable Oil  to grease pan


 1 stick Margarine

 1 c Sugar

 1/3 c Peach Schnapps

 Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl combine the cake mix, flour, pudding mix, water, Wesson Oil and peach schnapps. Mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix by hand for five minutes or with a blender for three minutes. Pour into greased bundt pan and bake one hour. Prepare sauce during the last ten minutes cake is baking. In small saucepan, over medium heat, melt margarine. Add sugar and peach schnapps, stirring constantly. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Pour over cake immediately after removing it from oven. Allow to cool, remove from pan and serve.

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 September 21, 2008 7:51 AM

Chuckwagon Son of A Gun in a Sack 

Yield: 1 serving

NOTES: When the cooksie wanted to return a favor to a cowhand who had brought in some dry firewood (or cow chips) off the range, or if there was a special occasion, he would make this boiled suet pudding. He would add raisins or dried apples if available. Some sources say it got its name because it was so difficult to make and others because it was so good.

2 c all-purpose flour
1 c dried fruit such as raisins
1 tbsp baking soda
1 c bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 c ground beef suet
1 c canned milk
1 c molasses

Mix dry ingredients together.  Add suet and mix well.  Stir in milk and molasses until well mixed.  Pour mixture into a cloth sack and tie with a string.  Place in a large pot of boiling water, cover and boil gently for 2 hours. Serve warm with sweetened canned milk or cream if available.

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 September 21, 2008 7:54 AM

Elk Pastries 

From the Butte Heritage Cookbook (Thanks Beth for sending me this recipe).

4 1/2 cups flour
2 cups shortening

Mix to crumbly stage, then add:
1 egg
1 teaspoon vinegar
Put egg, vinegar in cup; add cold water to make 1 cup.

10 medium potatoes (diced)
5 pounds elk meat (diced, raw)
3 large onions, chopped
1 cup suet beef, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

For each pasty: Roll out dough the size of a saucer, then add 1 cup of meat mixture. Add 2 squares of butter on top: fold dough over and pinch edges. Bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours or until done.

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 September 21, 2008 7:58 AM


I especially like the recipe for Bear Sign.  I'm going to try it with my son-in-law this winter.  We often have evenings alone while my daughter works the close shift.  Michael is devoted to his stomach and we have several deserts planned for winter when he can't work outside on  their new house (which they are sharing with me)  I'll provide the brains and finesse; he'll provide the stand up and watch the oven, stove or  cook pots!

One comment on the mock applepie-- a modern day  update is to use Ritz or TownHouse crackers.  They give a richer flavor, but all kinds of crackers WORK. 

When I first heard of using crackers to fake an apple pie I thought it was ridiculous.  But it really does work!

Thanks for the recipe.

This post was modified from its original form on 21 Sep, 7:59

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 September 21, 2008 2:24 PM

Biscuit S'mores 

Prep time: 3 minutes

This recipe is also really tasty with just chocolate, if you've forgotten the marshmallows. If made with just chocolate, it's easier to pull apart the two biscuits and share with a friend.


1 can refrigerated biscuits

1 bag marshmallows

chocolate bars


Stretch out one of the biscuits and place a marshmallow and a few pieces of a chocolate bar on top. Then take a second biscuit and place it over the first, sealing the edges. Finally, wrap in tin foil and place either in the embers of the campfire or on a grate over a fire ring.

We found it works best over a fire ring, which makes it easier to turn them over half way through cooking so one side doesn't burn. When biscuit is cooked (about 5 minutes, depending on heat of fire) remove and enjoy.

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another Mock Apple Pie Recipe December 05, 2008 7:02 AM

Mock Apple Pie

It is hard to tell this is not apple pie. Texture is the only give away!

Boil in a pan:

1 1/3 cups sugar  
1 1/2 cups apple juice  
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

Line your pie plate with pastry. Break 14 soda crackers into the plate and pour the boiled mixture over them. Cover with top crust and bake 45 minutes at 350°F (180°C).

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