Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library- 1971

Back in the 1971, Betty Crocker released the Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library. It’s a plastic box with a hinged lid that measures approximately 8 1/2″ across by 6″ tall by 6″ wide. It came in several different colors including white, green, yellow, red and orange. Inside, there are 24 categories, with each category being made up of 27 different recipes. Also included in each category are a four blank index cards for you to jot down your own recipes.

The categories are labeled A through X and include:

There is also a note on an index card from the publishers about how to care for and organize your Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library:

Dear Friends:

Until your library is completed, support your recipe cards with the enclosed cardboard wedge. Discard it when you no longer need it.

It is very simple to keep your Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library functioning efficiently. The secret is to file your recipe cards in their proper order.

Please note that each of your 24 Divider Cards contain a letter (from A to X) printed in its upper right-hand corner.

Place the first 12 Divider Cards (letters A to L) in the left-hand compartment of your file. Place the remaining 12 Divider Cards (letters M to X) in the right-hand compartment.

As each additional deck of recipes is added to your library, place it behind its proper Divider Card. All future references to your recipes will be simplified. Each deck bears a letter, each recipe a number, and both will always be found in the same place.

If you have any questions about your Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library, we will be delighted to assist your.


As far as I can tell, the Recipe Card Library was only produced between 1971 and 1975.

44 comments to Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library- 1971

  • Maureen

    I’m looking for a 4 layer mocha cake with a dark chocolate drizzle. I lost it years ago.

  • Wanda M

    I am looking for the beef stroganoff recipe that came in the card file it is the only recipe that added a small amount of tomato but it set the recipe off. If anyone has that recipe please send me a picture of it and the ingredients. Thank you!

  • Leonard Edison

    I have misplaced(lost) card #18 for Childrens Parties. It was the recipe for fluffy icing would love to have it Thank You.

  • ChristineM

    I have a complete set, 1971 green box. If anyone wants to buy the whole thing, email me at

  • Mary

    I also am looking desperately for the oatmeal & raisin cookie recipe. Pls. help. TX a bunch.

  • Katii

    If someone could share with me the Tea Ring recipe from this collection, i would be forEver grateful!! I have been looking for years. You can reach me at kattib23 @ gmail . com. Thank you in advance!

  • Vanessa

    Looking for Oatmeal Raisin Recipe on card B-16 I lose that card.
    Please help
    Thank You

  • Colleen Heston

    I have the complete collection in the original yellow box and I still use many of the recipes in there. One of my favorites was #13 in Men’s Favorites – Beef Burgandy. Naturally, when I went to look for it this evening, it is missing. Would it be possible for someone to send me that recipe?

    Thank you so much,


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  • Erin

    I am looking for an older recipe from betty crocker. It was a layer cake that had cool whip and backers chocolate in the layers. It is similar to the chocolate curl cake but not the same there is no frosting or cool whip on the outside of it.

  • Soleil

    I have one of these kits for sale…original from 1971. belonged to an aunt of mine who passed away…if interested email me at

  • Tammy

    I am missing the Bonnie Butter Cake from section N Family favorite desserts. If anyone has it I would love to get a copy please.

  • Janet Creazzo

    I too have misplaced the card for Old Fashioned Beef Stew listed as number 23 in American classics. I would love to get a copy.

  • Marsha

    Could you please share the Carrot cookie recipe on N-22. I have lost mine. Thanks.

    • Evan - admin Evan - admin


      Thank you for your comments and for visiting! I will be posting all of the recipes shortly, starting with Family Favorite Desserts. You can access them easily by clicking on the category links above.

  • Marsha

    I have one of these and still occasional use a few recipes. I have lost N-22 Carrot cookies. My husband remembers them as wonderful.

  • Cindy

    I have a complete set in a white box that my mom passed in to me. Willing to sell if someone is interested.

  • Tom

    Just a little story. Back in the in the mid 70′s I had this I believe in a Red box. When I left NY and moved to GA I left the box behind. This was in 1996. About a year later I was at a yard sale and sitting right there was the file box I had left behind but it was green. In 2004 I left GA for CO and left the box behind once more. Again, about a year or so later I found the file at another yard sale except in orange. I still have it and think I will remember it the next time.

  • Cindy

    Hello, I lost my card file in a house disaster. One of the cards I’ve missed the most is for STUFFED CABBAGE WITH LEMON SAUCE. If someone has this recipe and would send it to me, I would be sooooooo greatful. Thank you, Cindy

  • Bev

    I am missing the recipe for Beef Stroganoff. I have not made it in years and want to make it for my daughter who grew up on this as a very young child.

  • Paula Rickert

    I would love to find this with complete cards in good condition. Mine got damaged in storage years ago and had to throw all away.

  • Rusty

    I am missing the recipe card for Beef Stroganoff,
    card E-14. It’s under Men’s Favorites. Could someone share the recipe? My son remembers this meal and would love the recipe. Thanks!!

  • bev

    I have this collection in this box, and wish to sell it. where would I do that?

  • sue

    missing my oat meal raisin and walnut recipe does anyone have it

  • Jo Ann Chesher

    I am missing the chocolate chip cookie recipe card from my Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library.

    Does anyone have it?

    • Traci Hurst

      Here is the recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies from the “Men’s Favorites” section, card #22:

      2/3 cup shortening
      2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
      1 cup granulated sugar
      1 cup brown sugar (packed)
      2 eggs
      2 teaspoons vaninlla
      3 cups Gold Medal Flour*
      1 teaspoon soda
      1 teaspoon salt
      1 cup chopped nuts
      2 packages (6 ounces each) semisweet chocolate pieces

      Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix thoroughly shortening, butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Blend in remaining ingredients. (For a softer, rounder cookie, add 1/2 cup flour.)

      Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet. About 7 dozen cookies.

      *If using self-rising flour, omit soda and salt.

      • Diane

        This is the one and only recipe that I use for making chocolate chip cookies. I have been making them this way for 40 plus years or so and I always add the extra 1/2 cup of flour!! And for the shortening, I use the butter flavored Crisco shortening ……… love the cookies this way!

        This is one of the few cards that I have saved from the entire set of recipes!

  • Kenneth

    I had one of my favorite recipes in that collection however it got damaged in a flood I was cherry berries on a cloud

  • Maria

    I pound ground beef 2 teaspoons salt
    1 cup chopped onion 1 teaspoon bottled brown
    4 cups water bouquet sauce
    1 cup cut-up carrots 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    1 cup diced celery 1 bay leaf
    1 cup cubed pared 1/8 teaspoon basil
    potatoes 6 tomatoes*
    In large saucepan, cook and stir meat until brown. Drain off fat. Cook and stir onions with meat until onions are tender, about
    5 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients except tomatoes; heat
    to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes. Add
    tomatoes; cover and simmer 10 minutes longer or until vege¬
    tables are tender. 6 servings.
    *1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes (with liquid) can be substituted for the fresh tomatoes. Reduce water to 3 cups. Stir in tomatoes with remain¬ing ingredients; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes. The canned tomatoes break apart and give a rosy color.
    ©Copyright 1971 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

  • sharon chandler

    How fun to find this site. I still use a lot of the recipes from the set I purchased in 1974. I too misplaced a recipe. I cannot find the Autumn Soup recipe. It is card #18 in Seasonal Favorites. Would someone be willing to post a copy of the card front and back that I could print out? I know this is asking a lot but I sure would appreciate it.

    Thank you, Sharon Chandler

  • linda

    I have misplaced my recipe for the Old-Fashioned Beef Stew #23 American Classics from The Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library (Copyright 1971 by General Mills, Inc.), Could you please send it to me. Thanks

    • Maria

      Here’s the recipe you’re seeking. I too am looking for Betty Crocker’s Sweedish Tea Ring recipe from the 1971 card library. I have the card and would like to send it to you.

  • Jarrene Higgins

    How fun. I have this box. Had new microwave installed. Box and a few time worn cards, not put back in box, were in space above, and now I can’t find Chicken Vesailles Crepes V-13. Love the sauce and think this would be good way to use frozen left over turkey.

  • Linda

    I am missing American Classics recipe number 23 for Old-fashioned Beef Stew and would be so grateful if you could share it with me!

  • Anne

    Do you have the recipe for polka dotted mac & cheese. It’s recipe card X7 from the green recipe file box “Recipes children can make”

    • Linda

      I can help you with your request:

      Heat oven to 375.

      Cook 1 pkg. (6 or 7 oz) macaroni

      Drain and pour into untreated baking dish, 10x6x1.5 inches.

      Stir into macaroni 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar soup, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 2frankfurters ( cut crosswise into very thin slices)

      Arrange frankfurters on top of macaroni mixture. Bake uncovered 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. 4 to 6 servings.


  • Wanda

    I am missing the Bonnie Butter Cake French Silk Frosting recipe card from the green recipe file card box. I would love to get that recipe back. I really loved that cake recipe. Is there anyway I could get it? It is in the Favorite Family Deserts, the number three card.

    Thank You
    Wanda Scott

    • Evan - admin Evan - admin

      Hi Wanda,

      I’ll be posting a few of the cake recipes from this collection within the next day or two, so I’ll be sure to include the Bonnie Butter Cake and frosting in that post.

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