Tag Archives: 80s seventeen magazine recipes

Seventeen’s chicken cordon bleu

29 Mar

Hearty thanks to Linda and Sharon who shared these sought after pages. They are among the most requested vintage Seventeen mag Now You’re Cooking pages of yore.

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View recipe here:chicken 1

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View here: chicken 2

Seventeen magazine Bubble Bread Tree!

10 Nov

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An early Christmas present has arrived, courtesy of Brenda. A long lost Seventeen recipe page for Christmas tree-shaped sweet buns!

We’ve seen a request for this recipe (other Seventeen holiday breads here), which is from a December 1975 issue. Before our time, but perfect for Brenda! She writes:

“Since I’ve found your blog, I’ve been searching out Seventeen Magazine issues on EBay and other places. This is the first issue that I actually purchased (it was the cheapest I could find) and it came today. Imagine how surprised I was that it had a recipe in it that someone on your site had been looking for. I was thrilled to be a part of it and share. You’re right, this would be perfect for the upcoming holidays.”

If you have any ’70s or ’80s Seventeen magazine recipe pages stashed away, please send them our way. We are happy to post and share with our growing legion of fellow retro recipe hoarders! 🙂

Brenda was kind enough to scan and send the rest of the issue’s pages for fellow Seventeen recipe searchers. Enjoy!


Looking for more 1980s Seventeen magazine recipe pages? Click here.

Hoot Owl Halloween Cookies

27 Oct

Many thanks to Sharon, who kindly took the time to scan and send us some ancient 80s Seventeen pages.

Here’s one perfect for Halloween:

owl cookies

The original looks like it came from a 1956 Pillsbury bake-off.

And here’s a peanut butter version.

Mexican on the Menu

20 Aug

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Kirsten asks:
“I still make a taco dip that was in the July or August 1985 issue of Seventeen. I know the recipe by heart but would love to see the pages again. They featured a Mexican meal of chimichongas, taco dip, and non-alcoholic sangria. I made the meal with my grandma and it’s a fond memory with her. Does anyone happen to have these pages available to scan? Thank you!”

Yes, we do! From August 1985. We are slightly horrified to recall that we had a similar baggy sweater and wore it. Ugh.

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Those carb crazy ’80s…

19 Aug

$_57Retro Seventeen magazine had a crush on time-consuming baked goods. Exhibit A, February 1982, above.

Also here:

tumblr_mf7j9lXomW1rp9p7do1_500And waaaay back here (this doesn’t look like a Seventeen page, but the Pinterest pinner refers to it as a Seventeen recipe)


We are still searching for Tobi’s request:

“I remember it as a wreath-shaped stollen – although I’m not sure it was technically a stollen. I remember lots of different kinds of dried and candied fruit, rolled up in a pastry dough, shaped into a wreath, and then we added leaves and berries shaped out of dough to the top. It was beautiful and delicious. I made it with my mom at the time – and was so sure we clipped and saved it, but we cannot locate it anywhere in my mom’s recipe file or mine. I contacted Seventeen magazine but never got a reply.Any chance you have this recipe, or can locate it for me? I’d love to recreate it for my mom (and my own kids). Many thanks! And Happy Holidays!”


UPDATE: Thanks to Brenda, Bubble Tree Bread recipe page is here! We found a forum reference to a Seventeen recipe for a “Christmas bread cinnamon roll shaped into balls then shaped like a Christmas tree.  It had icing for garland and candied cherries as ornaments.  It was really pretty.”

In Search of Seventeen Shortbread 1982

11 Aug

UPDATED: recipe pages here!

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Found a recipe forum entry claiming this was from an old Seventeen. Not sure if this is the November 1982 version. If anyone has the page, please share!

Seventeen Shortbread (we think)

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1⁄2 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Beat butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy.
Gradually add in flour until thoroughly mixed.
Spread or pat evenly in ungreased 13×9 pan or on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned.
Immediately after removing from oven, prick all over with fork, then cut into bars.
Cool completely before removing from pan.

Here is a crappy copy of the nacho casserole recipe. If you have an original page, please share!

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Heavenly Carrot Cake

10 Aug

Intriguing: Has anyone ever seen this page? Would love to see the photo for Heavenly Carrot Cake in Seventeen Magazine, 1983

UPDATE: TA-DA! It was from May 1982

Here is a plea and response from Recipe Link:
“I am hoping to get a photo from the magazine, but it was all peach-colored with a blue ribbon around the cake (covering the gap between the two layers) and then little white dots on the top and on the edges of the ribbon….”

And someone’s response:

“I know exactly the recipe you are looking for since it is my all-time favorite carrot cake recipe and I’ve been making it for years. I even emailed Seventeen magazine last month to ask if they had the spread with photo somewhere… I haven’t heard back from them, but I do have the recipe.”

Seventeen Magazine

3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups butter, melted (yep, 3 sticks)
2 cups grated carrots
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple & juice
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and set aside.

Beat sugar and butter together. Add flour mixture little by little. Add carrots, pineapple and juice, nuts and vanilla and mix well. Add eggs one by one beating between each addition. Pour into prepared cake pans.

Bake 45 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and remove from pans to a rack to cool completely.

(I double the filling recipe, this is a single portion, but I find it needed more)

Mix together and set aside:
3 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup chopped nuts


Mix together and set aside:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
14 oz powdered sugar

When cake layers are cool, place one on a serving dish. Put all the filling on the top, spread out evenly. Add second layer and cover with frosting. If you are decorating, then:

Separate 1/2 cup of frosting. To remaining frosting, add 4 drops yellow food coloring and 4 drops red. Frost cake (over a blue ribbon if desired*) and decorate with the white frosting.

Makes 1 (2-layer) cake


Snack Pack circa 1986

10 Aug

Does anyone remember this or have the recipe page from Seventeen July 1986?
We’d like the pasta primavera recipes, but for some reason never saved it!
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Salad Days of Summer

24 Jul

It’s too hot to cook. Enter the cool, crisp days of the summer salad.

Inspired by the cult-like status of the Kardashian klan’s ever-present take out order (hello Mango Iced Greentini), this is what lunch is looking like these days.


The California salad craze is nothing new.

Whether it’s a sophisticated Chez Panisse baked Goat Cheese Salad with rounds of chèvre marinated in olive oil and herbs, coated in bread crumbs, and baked, served with lightly dressed mesclun (David Lebovitz here) or a healthy hippie garden bowl with the classic iceberg, avocado, sprouts, cuke, tomatoes, sunflower seeds and Jack cheese, these salads are perfect for summer.

We’ve seen this 1970s concept as a salad, a sandwich, or as a salad sandwich. On a bagel, it was our junior high bagged lunch fave:

Health bagels

1 bagel, cut in half horizontally


1 small avocado, peeled and sliced

2 tbsp/30 mL alfalfa sprouts

1/2 cup/125 mL shredded Monterey Jack cheese

sprinkling of sesame seeds

Spread bagel halves with mayonnaise. Place avocado slices, then alfalfa sprouts on each half. Put 1/4 cup/50 mL cheese on each and top with sesame seeds. Makes 2 halves.


Enter the 1980s Seventeen magazine recipe, complete with tarragon-powered cream dressing:

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Retro Christmas cookies

15 Dec

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Seventeen magazine recipes

From the 1980s:

someone found this from 1975: