Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Coconut Balls

This recipe for Coconut Balls has been served by Mrs. Truman for White House Teas.

1 1/2 c. coconut

2/3 c. sweetened condensed milk

Dash of salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. almond extract

Combine ingredients and make into balls. Bake on greased sheet at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until brown. Makes about 18 balls.

"IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN", The Junior Service League of Independence, Missouri; 1983.

Mrs. Truman's Punch

4 quarts grape juice

3 quarts ginger ale

1 quart lemon juice

3 gallons water

Sugar to taste

Keep cool by using a 2 quart brick of Lemon Ice in the punch bowl. Wield: 5 gallons. Serves 160.

Mrs. Truman's Fruit Punch

1 pint lemon juice

3 quarts orange juice

2 quarts ginger ale

2 quarts White Rock

1 gallon water

1 pint white grape juice

Sugar to taste

Yield: 3 gallons. Serves 100.

Mrs. Truman's Bing Cherry Mould (Salad)

1 large can bing cherries

2 packages cream cheese

1 package cherry Jello (or any red gelatin)

1 package lime Jello

Measure the juice from the cherries and add water to make two cups. Heat and dissolve cherry Jello in this. When partly set, add cherries.

Make lime Jello with water. When partly set, beat in cheese. Put cheese Jello in bottom of mould; let set; then put cherry mixture on top. Serve with mayonnaise.

Mrs. Truman's Frozen Lemon Pie

2 eggs, separated

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

1 cup whipped cream

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup crumbled graham crackers

Beat egg yolks. Add lemon juice, rind and all, with two tablespoons of sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Cool.

Beat egg whites, add two more tablespoons of the sugar, fold into cooked mixture; then fold in whipped cream.

Line greased pie or refrigerator pan with graham cracker crumbs. Save some to sprinkle on top. Pour filling into pan and freeze.

Serves four.

The Bess Collection, The Independence Junior Service League of Independence, Missouri, 1993.