Monday, May 9, 2011

Recipe Box: 7-Minute Frosting

I love the project that Calliope has been working on to share some recipes from the rolodex of her lovely grandmother, Millie. With her permission to share something similar, I'm going to open a treasured wooden box and pull out a few family recipes from our household.

Unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to meet Mook's maternal grandmother, who he was very close to. However, I have been given a very special gift: her small wooden box full of hand-written recipes. This means a lot that Mook's family has passed this along to me, and I have been taking good care of the 3x5 note-cards so that hopefully I can pass them on to the next generation in our family.

Today, I'd like to share this recipe: 7-Minute Frosting


2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/3 cup cold water
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla


Place all ingredients, except vanilla, in double boiler. Beat for 1 minute with electric mixer or rotary beater. Cook over boiling water, beating constantly with mixer or beater, until mixture form peaks (about 7 minutes) Remove from heat. Add vanilla and beat until spreading consistency.


  1. I don't have a good frosting recipe. I will have to try this the next time I need to frost something.

  2. Great, now can you come over and make some for me. I'm finding it hard to find 7 minutes to do anything. :)

  3. That is so special!

    And I have a similar wooden box my mom gave me when she "upgraded" hers to one that matched her kitchen!

  4. Mmmm - sounds interesting! I'll have to try this sometime.

  5. Frosting....yummmmmmm!

    I've actually never made 7 minute frosting because I don't want to stand over the stove for 7 minutes beating it lol

    I have a copper box that was my grandmother's with recipes in's so much fun to see those recipes.

  6. I love these hand written recipes. Wish I had more of them.

  7. How special! I truly love this. My Grandmother makes 7-minute icing, and it spreads so well. She has taken an old church cookbook where she submited all of her favorite recipies, and added pages, notes, etc. It will be mine one day, and I will treasure it and pass it down too. Wow, this just became a logos emotional!


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