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20 Copycat Recipes from the 1950s



Ready to start something special? These copycat recipes from the 1950s are vintage fare at its finest. Take a trip back in time and enjoy some of the simplest, most comforting dishes around. This collection of drink recipes, main dishes and desserts are old school but can be updated to modern day in a snap.

Old Fashioned Vodka Gimlet


20 Copycat Recipes from the 1950s Table of Contents

Copycat Drink Recipes from the 1950s
Classic Main Dish Recipes and Side Dishes
Vintage Dessert Recipes


Copycat Drink Recipes from the 1950s

The '50s were a time of lounge lizards and June Cleaver housewives. When you mix up a stiff drink recipe like Mad Men '50s Style Manhattan Cocktail, you'll be feeling ever better than the bee's knees. Don't be shy, mix yourself up something strong for the summer time and beyond.

Mad Men '50s Style Manhattan Cocktail

Mad Men '50s Style Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned Vodka Gimlet (Pictured)

20 Copycat  Recipes from  the 1950s

Think these recipes are good? Check out 20 Grandma's Favorite Recipes for even more great recipes!

Classic Main Dish Recipes and Side Dishes

Do you think people counted calories all those years ago? We can't be sure, but it was a much more innocent and wholesome time and same goes for the easy dinner recipes. We're talking about simple gravy, cole slaw and chicken dinners...what's not to like? Take me back, I want to eat guilt free! Some of the great classic recipes from the 50s are my favorite recipes today. For one, I can't get enough of Chicken Pot Pie. There's something so comforting about indulging in a delicious pastry, filled to the brim with chicken, carrots and peas.

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Classic Chicken Pot Pie (Pictured)

Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese

Simple Guacamole

Copycat Bennigan's Turkey O'Toole

'50s Inspired Fried Chicken

Chicken and Dumplings

Cole Slaw Dressing

Knockoff Swedish Meatballs

Classic Sawmill Gravy

Old Country Style Biscuits

Vintage Oysters Rockefeller

Caesar Salad from Keen's Steakhouse

Like the desserts here? Check out this Old-Fashioned Jello Lemon Bars recipe for another vintage dessert idea!

Vintage Dessert Recipes

Now to the best part of the meal...dessert. I have to tell you something. I'm addicted to one easy dessert recipe in particular...Banana Pudding? Haven't tried it yet? You are missing out. It has the wonderful, light flavor of fresh bananas, mixed with the delightfully crunchy texture of Nilla wafers. Whenever I dive in, I imagine I'm sitting at a soda fountain with my friends. Malts are another one of those dessert recipes that are so fabulously old fashioned. I can't wait to give the Malt Cake a try.

Old School Apple Fritter Donuts

Super Awesome '50s Chocolate Malt

Vintage Malt Cake

Old School Apple Fritter Doughnuts (Pictured)

Banana Pudding

What's your favorite recipe from the 1950s? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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What is an Irish sweepstakes sandwich??

Relentless52 8283265

Do you have a Seafoam Pie recipe

adambusterprecious 0000271

i hope to try this soon. we ate it often in the 50'

joycebarr24 8860420

so good. This is a great dish that i will prepare often

joycebarr24 8860420

In grade school in the 50's, every Wednesday we got to buy our lunch because it was Irish Sweepstakes (sandwiches). When we moved, we found out that wasn't something available and were so disappointed. Luckily my mom got the recipe from an old neighbor, so we could make it at home. They were good, just not as good as the ones from the school cafeteria (go figure!).

roch2772 5741144

Back in the 50's our grandma used to bring us Bran Muffins from S S Kresgee, the 5 and dime. We have been trying to duplicate the recipe but lack in the moistness. Any help would be appreciated!! Thank...Terri

terrihoelker 7861574

I worked at a place called "fritters away" in foster city, ca we made a recipe called ham and cheese fritters, they were so good (I wish I could have gotten the recipe) we also made churros (they were so much fun to make) does anyone know how to make ham and cheese fritters? they were a batter already made by the owner when we came to work and I never had a chance to get the recipe (darn it)!!! thank you if you can help me.....


In the fifties I used to go to the Artic Circle for a burger. They had a special sauce that was really different, Now they don't know what I am talking about. My thought is that maybe it was mayonnaise with some pickle juice for thinning. Anyway thought I would try it that way to see if it works.

Neva422 4887292

I would love it if some one had the fudge recipe that was on the Hersheys cocoa can in those years!! It seems that that recipe. V Can not be found on any of the sites I have been on and that is saying most all sites!

momminpins 2487120

Thanks everyone for the great comments!


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