1939 Recipe for Lemon-Cream Doughnuts! From American Cookery Magazine!

American Cookery Magazine one


Published by the Boston Cooking School, American Cookery is a like a slow stroll through yesteryear. The January, 1939 issue is a favorite that I have found on my recent antique mall search and rescue expeditions! It better be one of my favorites…I tried to balance on a stack of books to reach the old magazines. I could not find any salespeople at all. I finally found a yardstick to try to knock off just a few of the magazines. This 78 year old American Cookery magazine was the only one to fall to the floor. 


I sort of had to buy the magazine after I pushed it on the floor and then proceeded to (by accident!) step on the magazine. Since I was receiving stares from shoppers and becoming rather notorious…I bought the magazine and rushed to my car.


I think that I will wait a few more weeks before going back to that particular antique mall. I think that there might be behavior rules posted…like…do not get any items down by yourself.

Ask for help immediately!!??!!


A Delicious Recipe from American Cookery Magazine

January, 1939


lemon pictures


Lemon-Cream Doughnuts



6 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice plus enough Carnation Milk to make 1 cup

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

4 1/2 cups cake flour or 4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons cream of soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg



Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Gradually add sugar, beating while adding. Add Carnation Milk and lemon rind. Sift dry ingredients together and add to first mixture. Place in refrigerator for five hours. Roll out 1/4 inch thick and, using a doughnut cutter, cut into doughnut shapes. Fry in deep fat (365 degrees). Yield: 3 1/2 dozen doughnuts, 2 1/2 inches in diameter.



lemon cream doughnuts two

Doughnuts pictured above have also been dipped in sugar. Cinnamon may also be used. The amount of sugar and/or cinnamon is your choice! This addition was not included in the original recipe!






8 thoughts on “1939 Recipe for Lemon-Cream Doughnuts! From American Cookery Magazine!

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    • I have made progress with my future home’s owner. She was in the yard talking with a landscape person. I honked and waved…she waved back like we are best buds! So see…I am brave, brave…in a way. I did cause a scene in that antique mall. Not my first scene at that store. One time last year, I knocked over an antique tree rack. I did not even want it…I have one. I just wanted to see how heavy it was!

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  2. I think it’s interesting that these are soda risen. I’m so used to making yeast donuts that I almost forgot they’re not universal. What a blast to read this, thank you so much for typing it up for us!


    • Hey! Where have you been? I must have missed some of your posts. These old magazines are fun for me to find…I love reading the ads! When I worked for newspapers in my other life, I decided after about five years that the people in retail advertising were having more fun. Plus…they made more money. So I transferred upstairs where the competitive people were out to take over the world. I liked it. That is why I like to read the ad copy in these old ads…so different. Perhaps more honest! Back to the donuts…an interesting recipe! I also make yeast donuts…only I am the one who likes them the best! I don’t need donuts staring at me in the kitchen! Do you make beignets? I have lots of relatives in New Orleans…so…I think those are the best. Or maybe we have been to the French Quarter and I don’t really realize what they are like!

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      • I think yeast donuts are the best,too! Same as yeast risen waffles. Mmmmmm. I’ve never made beignets, but I’ve had them several times, including at the Cafe du Monde in N.O. years ago. They’re just like the zeppoli I grew up with,lol.

        Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. Been so busy drinking and scaring the neighborhood kids that I haven’t had time to get online more than a few times a week. God, it kills me to know another babe is pining for me….

        Btw, great story about your storied past! You obviously made the right decision. Always go for the luchre!


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    • I was thinking that I might try them tomorrow too! Great minds think alike. It is going to storm here after 6:00 or 7:00! I always had a snack ready when our two got off the bus! I did’t make those donuts though…I dom’ have the recipe! Hint!!

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