Baby Ruth Cookies is an old fashioned cookie recipe from the 1920, made by adding chopped Candy Bars
made of caramel, chocolate, and roasted peanuts to the batter.
I first acquired this Baby Ruth Cookies recipe in the late 1940s or early 1950s from the side of the wrapper on a Baby Ruth Candy Bar.
The fondant center, candy caramel, chocolate coating, and roasted peanuts of the candy bar produces a rich, chewy, delicious cookie that is not not found in a store.
It is as easy to make as the popular Chocolate Chip Cookie, which appeared years later.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour or all-purpose flour made from 100% soft winter wheat
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 (2.1 oz. size) Baby Ruth Candy Bars, chopped in pieces about the size of Chocolate Chip Morsels.
Cream butter. Add sugar slowly and cream until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until very light.
Sift together sifted flour, baking soda and salt. Fold into creamed mixture and mix just until all flour is incorporated well.
Gently, fold in chopped candy pieces. Chill dough in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
Drop by a teaspoonful of dough onto a greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake in a pre-heated oven 350F. for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
Remove cookies from oven and let set 2-3 minutes. Carefully lift cookies with a spatula and place on wire rack to cool.
TIP: If using only one pan to bake cookies, cool pan for second batch by running cold tap water over the bottom. Cookie sheets or pans should always be cool when placing the unbaked dough on them.
To keep these Baby Ruth Cookies soft and fresh, store in an airtight, preferably tin, container.
The Baby Ruth Candy Bar was introduced in 1921 by the Curtiss Candy Company that had been started in Chicago by Otto Schnering with the candy named "Kandy Kake". He had changed the first confection into a log-shape and renamed it.
Schnering's official explanation on renaming the candy was that he named it after the former President Grover Cleveland's first-born daughter Ruth, who was referred to as "Baby Ruth".
Part of that official claim to naming it was that "Baby Ruth" had visited the Curtiss Company plant several years prior, influencing him to select her name.
Coincidentally, Babe Ruth, the legendary baseball player had become the most famous person in America around that time.
We know, according to historians, that Ruth Cleveland didn't visit the Curtiss Candy Company at all, because she died in 1904 at age 12, before the Curtiss Candy Company was born in 1916. That was 17 years prior to renaming the candy.
I think the most likely theory is that the Curtiss Candy Company fabricated the story about the name selection to avoid paying Babe Ruth royalties on skyrocketing candy sales.
What do you think?