1950
chocolate wafers

Chocolate Wafers

In the 1950s, Gourmet was quite smitten with wafer cookies, and these are the ideal chocolate version—thin and deeply chocolaty.
1951
sugar shuttles

Sugar Shuttles

Crisp and shaggy on the outside with a cakelike crumb, these old-fashioned cookies are definitely ready for a comeback.
1952
palets de dames

Palets de Dames

A little bit like madeleines, these cookies are dotted with rum-soaked currants that give them a uniquely heady touch.
1953
coconut bars

Coconut Bars

Studded with chopped walnuts and shredded coconut, these easy bars are like blondies with a tropical flair.
1954
benne wafers

Benne Wafers

The caramelized cookie surrounding the sesame seeds—or benne seeds, in Charleston parlance—brings out their sweet, almost milky flavor.
1955
queen's biscuits

Queen’s Biscuits

You may have forgotten about this Italian take on sesame seed cookies, but their cakelike texture and light sweetness (they exist to be dipped into sugared espresso) will remind you why they're an old favorite.
1956
oatmeal molasses cookies

Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

Molasses, pecans, and raisins give these oaty sweets a sophisticated twist. And they’re great cookie-jar cookies, as they improve with age.
1957
lace cookies

Lace Cookies

Lace cookies were a great favorite in the 1950s; they are so dainty that they were considered especially appropriate for ladies who lunched.
1958
brazil nut crescents

Brazil Nut Crescents

Though Brazil nuts are hardly a staple in the baker's pantry, these delicately crumbly cookies make the case to change that.
1959
gingerbread men

Gingerbread Men

We've run plenty of gingerbread recipes in our day, but we were totally taken with the right-on-the-money classic flavor of these little men.

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