Yippee: Discover the Apee Cookie


Have you ever heard of an Apee, or AP? 

Although I respect the organizations, it has nothing to do with the grocery store A&P, or the Associated Press (AP). 

Nope: the Apee is a cookie I recently discovered. 


Curious, I hit the web, and the books. Here's what I discovered.

First, the The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America: 2-Volume Set, which notes: 

"A recipe for apees, a rolled cutout cookie made with caraway seeds, sometimes called "seed cakes," first appeared in Eliza Leslie's Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats (1828). Another version, known as "apeas," was based on German Anis Platchen (anise cookies), and Philadelphia bakers commonly sold them on the streets. Apeas became associated with Ann Page, a popular baker who stamped her initials, A.P., on the cookies. Anise is still a common flavoring used in a variety of cookies, ranging from old recipes for apeas to simple cutout cookies and ethnic specialties like German Springerles..."

Encyclopedia of Food and Drink by John Mariani, describes it like this: "Apee. Also "apea" and, in the plural "eepies." A spiced butter cookie or form of gingerbread. Legend has it that the word derives from the name of Ann Page, a Philadelphia cook who carved her initials into the tops of the confection. This was first noted in print in J.F. Watson's Annals of Philadelphia (1830) to the effect that Ann Page, then still alive, "first made [the cookies] many years ago, under the common name of cakes.'" 

Oddly though, the recipe I found for Apees does not include caraway seeds or spices. Nor did it call for stamping the letters (although I guess it wouldn't if that was one person's signature move). Nor did it include standardized measurements.

"Apees (Ice Cream and Cakes) 1 pound of butter 1 1/2 pounds of flour 1 pound of sugar 1 gill of milk Cream the butter and sugar; sift in the flour, then the milk, and stir it to a dough; turn it out on the moulding-board, and work to a fine dough again. Roll into sheets, as thick as a dollar piece, cut into small cakes, lay them on tins, and bake in a cool oven." --- Mrs. Rorer's Philadelphia Cook Book, 1886

Nonetheless, I decided to give it a try. So I evolved the old recipe into this recipe. Here's another that looks like they probably hit the mark more accurately, though!

Not Necessarily Historically Acurate Apees


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk


Cream the butter and sugar; sift in the flour and mix, bit by bit, until incorporated. Roll into sheets, and cut into small cakes (I just dropped rounded teaspoons-ful onto a baking sheet). Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, or until crispy on the sides and bottom.

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I made the cookies as drop cookies, but perhaps I should have done them as rolled or bar cookies. Who knows, dude. But either way, even though they weren't quite evenly crispy on the sides and middle, they still tasted good. Basic, but plenty buttery, they actually glistened with butter when taken out from the oven, and there may or may not have been the most tantalizing slight butter-sizzle as they were removed from heat. They became crisp as they cooled; when I garnished a nice bowl (not cup; bowl) of ice cream with a couple of these crispy cookies, I had absolutely no complaints. No complaints whatsoever. 

Either way, I think it's always fun to discover a "lost" recipe!

CakeSpy Visits Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hershey, PA

Can you guess where I got this sweet treat?

If you guessed Hershey's Chocolate World, you'd be correct. I followed in Milton Hershey's steps for the journey, starting out in Philadelphia, which just so happens to be where he opened his first store:

Hersheys first location

...but then, unlike Milton, who probably had a different mode of transport in his time, I hopped in a car with a friend and headed westward to Hershey.

On the way, I couldn't help but stop for a store called Dutch Haven:

Dutch Haven

This is a magical place where, upon walking in, they give you a small slice of complimentary Shoofly Pie:

Dutch Haven

...and then we continued on to the Hershey attractions. When you get there, the first thing you'll notice is that the streetlights are capped with decorative Hershey's Kisses on them.

Hershey, PA

And the streets have names like "Chocolate Avenue". Forget Electric Avenue, this is the street I wanna rock down to. That's the Hershey factory in the back, by the way.

Hershey, PA

Now, it's time to walk into the Welcome Center. You'll see a big desk where you can sign up for activities such as "Create Your own Candy Bar", "Chocolate Tasting Adventure", and "Dessert Creation Studio". Most of the activities, you have to pay for.

While deciding which activities to do, we hit the gift shop. There, you'll find an amazing array of Hershey's products, with dramatic displays. It's very special to have a chance to walk around a land so laden with candy.

We decided on the (free) intro tour, officially called "Hershey's Great American Chocolate Tour" followed by the (pay for it) trolley tour.

The intro tour was sweetly hokey, and very fun. I mean...singing cows. I love it!

Hershey, PA

Oh, and they give you candy at the end!

Hershey, PA

Between the tour and the trolley ride, we hit the bake shop in the welcome center, where you can get sweets made using various Hershey products, such as cookies, parfaits, and more. Mental note: let's come back here after the trolley tour.

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And on to the Trolley Tour it was. Unfortunately, the museum (a more historical attraction) wasn't open on the date of our visit, but we were able to take the Trolley tour, which is a kind of song-and-dance tour around town wherein actors perform and between songs and gags, explain some of the history of the town and show you some of the sights, including the school Milton Hershey founded, his private house, his birthplace, and of course the factory.

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Off the trolley with our ears ringing from all that singing, we decided it was time for a sweet treat before heading back home. We settled on a cookie and a frozen hot chocolate. The dark chocolate cookie, which the employee informed me was made with Hershey's Special Dark cocoa, was a pleasant cookie. Fueled with sugar, we were ready to head back to Philadelphia.

Hershey, PA

Oh, but before I forget... if on your trip you've gotten your clothes covered with melted chocolate, you could go here to have them cleaned. Even the dry cleaner's logo looks like a candy bar! Hershey, PA

Have fun--go visit Hershey! Find out more here.

Sweet Story: Andree's Waffalloons

Photos: Andree's WaffalloonsSweet carbohydrates to eat are awesome. Nobody is arguing that. They are things to be loved.

But there is something that makes me, personally, love some a little better than others: a great story.

Photo: Andree's WaffalloonsIt can be a little story, like "this is a cookie recipe my grandma always used to make"...or it could be a BIG story, like the one behind Chiffon cake. Either way, it just makes your food taste better to know its story. Or at least, it does for me.

So when I accidentally discovered "Andree's Waffalloons" while doing some research about interesting sweet treats in Connecticut (yes...that's what I do), I was delighted to discover a Belgian Waffle operation in the Hartford area, but that delight was tripled when I discovered the fantastic story behind those syrup pocketed rounds of tastiness, as seen on their website:

It's post-war 1946.  After surviving the invasion of her hometown, Andrée Henrion falls in love with and marries a US Soldier, Richard Fantin. Now she is traveling by ship, alone, from Belgium to New York City, to reunite with her husband. Andrée was born and raised in Belgium’s WALLONIA sector, has never traveled, and speaks only French. Among her few belongings she carries her family’s legacy…a compilation of incredible Belgian recipes. 

Fast forward five children and 53 years later... its 1999 and Richard has been at rest for 16 years. Andrée’s youngest, Claudette, who now has all the treasured recipe books, relocates from New Jersey to Florida, to be with her new found love. Tragically, in the chaos of the move, the recipes are lost! Thankfully, Claudette and her siblings have committed to memory the ingredients and process for making their mother’s delectable authentic Belgian waffles!

Fast forward again nine years later…it’s 2008, and Claudette, owner of Andrée’s Creations LLC (a floral design business named for her mother who passed five years prior), decides to share Andrée’s waffles with the world. But what to name them???? Well, what do you get when you combine a waffle and a Walloon??? And so, the Waffalloon was born!

Andrée’s Waffalloons are unlike any other Belgian waffle you will ever eat. They’re sweet and scrumptious and really do taste best undressed. The Waffalloon’s rich history of far away loves, losses and childhood memories are secret ingredients that simply can’t be duplicated.

So sit back, and taste the love! Ooh, La, La!!!!!

I'm sorry...but isn't that just the sweetest story ever?

I don't know about you, but it made me want to have a mouth full of their waffles (yes, I just paused to give the sound and look of that phrase a good hard look). Well, I can, and you can too, by visiting their website. While they will do special orders in the Hartford area, others can order online: find them here.