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I found this recipe in my very 1st cookbook - The American Family Cook Book by Lily Wallace. I won it in a Spelling Bee at school...4th grade. It's changed a bit over the i got braver in the kitchen.


  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a few grains of salt (pinch)
  • 1/4 Cup melted shortening
  • 1/3 Cup dark syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 squares melted, unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 Cup nuts, chopped


  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
  • Add and mix other ingredients in the order given and beat thoroughly.
  • Line 8" cake pan with Reynolds parchment paper.
  • Spread batter evenly in pan.
  • Bake approx. 15 minutes at 325'
  • Remove the paper from the cake as soon as it is taken from oven and cut into small squares or bars.

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