zataar and RubyRose,
Thanks for the responses. The "All-Purpose" cookie would seem to make sense as this cookie is pretty basic and can be made with most things around the house. Thank you both for looking into the Ann Page issue. Its really quite intriguing. When I initially saw the title of the recipe, the only thing I could think of was A & P supermarket but when I asked my mom if they had any type of "exclusive" cookie that she remembers, she said not, so I put that idea by the wayside.
Btw RubyRose, I went ahead and ordered myself the book by Edna Edy Heller that you mentioned. From what I read, her PA Dutch cookbook appears to be a classic...should get it from Amazon by Wednesday or so.
Oh and about the cookie question...the main reason for asking this question was because I made them for a bake sale and was unsure what to label them. I know I wouldn't have been able to field questions about what the A.P. meant so I just labeled them, "Breakfast Sugar Cookies" and all four dozen sold quickly. These cookies are great for dunking in coffee so were popular amongst the older adults.
And, about the eight o'clock coffee at Superfresh, isn't the smell of the coffee being ground superb? I love it! Even though I have no taste for coffee, the smell is wonderful. While, we're talking about Superfresh, I remember as a child that when they used to sell single big dill pickles in a wooden barrel and that smell was great as well...oh, brings back so many childhood memories
Thanks for the responses everyone.