From creating pancake men to grinding wheat to make Long Winter bread, the elaborate descriptions of making and eating food were significant in Wilder’s fiction. As an adult, Wilder continued to enjoy cooking and carefully kept copies of her favorite recipes.

In addition, the creation of items by hand for fun or practical use was also important in Wilder’s childhood and demonstrated the family’s self sufficiency, especially when a visit to the store was either not possible or convenient.


Laura’s Onion Pie

19th Century Fruitcake Recipe

Fruitcake in Manly’s Pocket

A Little House Bakery Gift

Almanzo’s Swiss Steak

Laura’s Cup Custard

Laura’s Saucepan Cocoa Brownies

Laura’s Ham Loaf and Raisin Sauce


Caroline’s Clove Studded Apple


Laura’s Books at Rocky Ridge Farm


Carrie Remembers Hymns in De Smet