Sunday 28 October 2012

Precode Recipe 1# Janet Gaynor

It turns out Precode and silent cutie Janet Gaynor couldn't just act, paint and entertain but she was also a keen baker. Below is a recipe from the Academy Award winning actress for her 'Ice Box Cookies'.

This recipe is taken from the wonderful blog, 'Silver Screen Suppers' which has several other recipes from the stars, pictures and information.

Janet's Ice Box Cookies


450g / 1 1b butter
300g / 1 and ½ cups sugar
3 eggs
650g / 5 cups plain flour, sifted
100g / 1 cup dates, finely chopped
100g / 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 tsp vanilla essence


Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly. Add flour gradually while beating the mixture. Add dates and nuts. Add vanilla essence. Shape dough into rolls and put in refrigerator or freezer overnight wrapped in foil. You may need to let the dough soften a bit if you’ve had it in the freezer.

In the morning, preheat oven to 180 degrees C / 350 degrees F. Remove cookie mixture from foil and slice into thin layers. Lightly grease baking tray with butter and bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden. Leave for a few minutes on tray then transfer to cooling rack.



  1. I love recipes form old Hollywood stars! Thanks for adding the site, I'll see what else I can find. By the way, do you know Katharine Hepburn's brownies recipe? I've tasted and they're great!

  2. No I haven't. I will have to search for it, because I love a good brownie recipe!!!

  3. Guess what, Emma? You don't have to look for it anymore! Here it is the URL: