Monday, September 24, 2012

Baking Sweet Memories

I love this time of year. When fall rolls around I get even more excited about baking than I do any other time of the year. Summer ends and the real baking begins. The last months of the year are full of special reasons to spend time with family, share smiles, and bake sweet memories.

Pecan Pies

One of my favorite baking memories is making pecan pies with my uncle. We make them every year around Christmas but I thought I’d share the recipe with you again a little early this year. It’s too good to wait until December.

My grandmother used to make these pecan pies. Her recipe made three perfect pies at a time. She made them every year for family and friends. She loved it. And when she became less able to keep up with the same quantity of pies she liked to make, my uncle Ronnie became the official pie maker. He doesn’t bake and he’s not really a dessert guy but he makes a mean pecan pie. He’s been making them now for well over a decade since my grandmother passed away. He’s continued making them every year for friends and family to carry on his Mama’s tradition. And now I bake with him every year I can and if not I make sure to bake them in my own kitchen. It’s our family’s way of keeping her with us during the holidays.

And the pies are delicious too, so that’s awesome.

Mini Pies

Of course, I had to put my touch on them and make them mini. Major cute. But I still wrap them just like she did. Simple and sweet. I love these refrigerated and I eat them like a giant pecan pie cookie.

Here’s the recipe how my grandmother made it and here’s a link to the original post with step-by-step photos demonstrated by my uncle and a little more about my grandmother.

And keep scrolling for a fun giveaway below…

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Mama’s Pecan Pies
Makes 3 pies or about 32 individual pies

16 oz. pecans
2 sticks margarine
16 oz. package light brown sugar
1 heaping tablespoon (serving tablespoon, not measuring spoon) self-rising flour
16 oz. bottle Karo light corn syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla
6 eggs
3 regular size (not deep dish) frozen pie crusts – or make your own (enough for 3)

  • Melt margarine in the microwave for about 2 minutes or until melted and set aside.
  • Prepare your pecans. Remove any unwanted dark brown pieces from the pecan crevices and shake out pecan crumbs in a colander.
  • Place brown sugar in a large bowl. Work out any lumps with the back of a spoon. If the brown sugar is too hard, you can loosen it up in the microwave. Heat it for a few seconds and it will be fine.
  • Add a heaping serving tablespoon of self-rising flour and stir until the flour disappears into the brown sugar.
  • Add the bottle of corn syrup. Then add 1 serving tablespoon of vanilla and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Add melted margarine. Fold carefully into the mixture so it doesn’t splatter. Fold until the margarine is thoroughly worked in and disappears.
  • In a separate bowl, crack open six eggs. Remove the “roosters” and loosely beat the eggs with your spoon.
  • Fold the eggs into the pie mixture until they disappear.
  • Add pecans and stir until completely coated.
  • Remove three pie shells from the freezer at this point and check for cracks. (If you do have a crack, thaw and knead the crack together and refreeze.)
  • Pour the mixture evenly into the three shells. You’ll probably have a little bit leftover in the bowl. Tap tops with a spoon to check consistency and make sure there is the same amount in each pie. Redistribute pecans if necessary to make equal.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350. Cook pies until they swell and then fall. At that point they are done.
  • Remove and cool for about three hours to set. Store on the counter or in the refrigerator depending on how you like your pie. Or eat right away and really warm – the pie just won’t hold it’s shape at this point but it will be amazing.
  • For mini pies: chop pecans, use mini frozen pie shells, removing them from the freezer as needed and bake in three batches on a baking sheet for about 35 minutes each. I’m guesstimating the time. Watch them and make sure they are done.

Enjoy!

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Crystal Hon said...

My mum and I use to bake and I remember the time that I learned the importance of differentiating between baking soda and baking powder.

I was helping my mum bake and grabbed her the soda when she needed the powder, everything came out tasting weird!

Now, I always double check.

September 24, 2012 12:07 AM
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Ella said...

I loved baking Christmas cookies with my mom and my brother every year when I was little.

September 24, 2012 12:08 AM
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Jein said...

When I was 5 I went to my uncle’s house and baked holiday cookies for the first time. Holiday baking has been a tradition ever since!

September 24, 2012 12:08 AM
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Minxi said...

Making tiramisu with my best friend in our college dorm kitchen. We had virtually no equipment and an almost-non functional oven, but it was so much fun :-)

September 24, 2012 12:09 AM
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kelli said...

My favorite memory is of a spider cake I made one time when I was in high school. It was a recipe out of the Sunday newspaper and I think it cemented Halloween as my favorite holiday. I no longer have the recipe but would love to find it to make another!

September 24, 2012 12:09 AM
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Hawley said...

My favorite baking memory would have to be helping my mom bake applesauce cakes, licking the bowl, then passing the cakes out to neighbors for the holidays.

September 24, 2012 12:10 AM
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Belky said...

My first batch of cookies, they were made from a pouch “just add eggs and water” and they came out flat!
My hubby and I laughed so hard, our first month of being newly weds, so fun, now I make amazing cookies ;-)

September 24, 2012 12:11 AM
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Meagan H. said...

My mom and grandmother were big bakers, so I have lots of wonderful memories of baking with them! My favorite now is making my grandmother’s pumpkin chiffon pie for Thanksgiving. I work off of her handwritten recipe that she mailed to my mom when my mom was in college. I made it the first year I was married and hosted a huge Thanksgiving gathering in our tiny house. I can’t wait to make it again this year!

September 24, 2012 12:11 AM
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Brandy said...

My favorite baking memory is when my sister and I were growing up and we had no ingredients to make a pumpkin pie. So, we took a can of sweet potatoes and improvised. It turned out great!

September 24, 2012 12:12 AM
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Whitney W said...

My favorite baking memory happens around Christmas time every year. Each year my mom, grandma, sister and I get together for a day full of Christmas baking. We always spend the day baking away and then package up all the goodies in beautiful containers to give away to friends and family. This day is one I look forward to every year!

September 24, 2012 12:12 AM
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AMY C said...

I just remember standing by my sweet grandmother, Evelyn, in her small, farmhouse kitchen in Iowa, watching her make homemade pie dough and delectable fillings. She lovingly made these pies every holiday, or just because for her family and friends. I have a love for baking, but even more showing others I love them by baking for them from my grandmother. She taught me more than just a recipe.

September 24, 2012 12:12 AM
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Jill said...

My favorite memory is baking cookies in the kitchen with my mom while my dad and brother watched football in the living room. Perfect fall family days.

September 24, 2012 12:12 AM
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Kristen k said...

Christmas cookie baking with extended family… 12 different kinds! Then giving them away.

September 24, 2012 12:12 AM
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Cathy said...

Making a funfetti cake with my roommate in college and eating it while watching The Omen.

September 24, 2012 12:14 AM
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Jess said...

I don’t have many from when I was younger but I’m making plenty with my kidlets :) They love to help me bake!

September 24, 2012 12:14 AM
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Lesley said...

Baking for my friends – cinnamon rolls were my favorite to make and eat!!

September 24, 2012 12:14 AM
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amy beth marantino said...

my grandmother taught me to bake. we started with her crumb cake recipe.

September 24, 2012 12:15 AM
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Monica said...

When I lived at home, my mom and I would bake cookies for Christmas to give away as gifts to family and friends. We’d make huge batches of dough weeks in advance and bake cookies and other goodies late into the night the few days before Christmas. My mom still bakes, without me now, and I’ve kept up the tradition on my own with my daughter. :)

September 24, 2012 12:18 AM
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robin said...

My favorite baking memory is baking cupcakes for my cousin’s husband’s grooms cake. It was a disaster in progress, but the results were spectacular!

September 24, 2012 12:18 AM
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Ann said...

My best memories are of all the baking my mom did at Christmastime – that was such a big part of my childhood, and I think it’s why I love to bake so much today!

September 24, 2012 12:18 AM
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Alexis said...

I would have to say that my favorite baking memory is Xmas cookie decorating … we did it every year, just cause. Not for Santa, but just to decorate cookies and give them away to my parents co workers and neighbors. It’s always fun and I still do it now with my daughter only this time its for Santa.

September 24, 2012 12:18 AM
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Karen Sharp said...

My favorite baking memories revolve around my mom — her sharing her world-famous recipe for cheesecake with me, or my baking her favorite ‘pudding cookies’ back when I was 13 for her. She inspired me then, as she still does now!

September 24, 2012 12:19 AM
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Ashley Osmon said...

My grandmother was my mentor in the kitchen. What I know, I learned from her. Nothing pleased me more than getting up on a Saturday morning in the fall or winter and breaking out the ingredients for Bread. She’d make loaf after loaf, but best of all? Toutons!! Little circles of friend dough covered in butter and sugar (or in her case molasses). She’d keep up the baking long after I’d grow board, always managing to have a hot loaf ready for the young ones who’d be frozen to the core from playing in the snow, slathered in peanut butter.

September 24, 2012 12:19 AM
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RG said...

The week before Christmas, my mom would bake up many batches of sweets for the neighbors in our cul-de-sac. It was a holiday tradition to exchange goodies before Christmas Day, and I loved to help her bake cookies and brownies and cakes, then arrange everything on plates and package them in pretty green or red cellophane, then deliver the goodies with my sisters and brother. In turn, we’d have a variety of sweets from the rest of the neighborhood to feast on come Christmas Day. That’s what I miss about my family – unfortunately, they live 1600 miles away now. But that means that I can carry on the tradition in my own way here.

September 24, 2012 12:19 AM
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Heather said...

Every year I make many loaves of this German Christmas bread that has been passed down from my dad’s side of the family. I always make the first loaves of the season with my dad and it’s my favorite party of the holidays. Can’t wait!

September 24, 2012 12:19 AM
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Amber Banfield said...

I’m not sure of my all time favorite baking memory but my most recent would have to be on Friday. When I was a kid my mom would bake Butterscotch cookies all the time. I hadn’t had one since I was about 6 and decided to make them for myself and friends for the weekend. I whipped up a batch and they were a huge hit. All gone by the end of the night!

September 24, 2012 12:19 AM
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Jennifer said...

My favorite baking memory is definitely decorating sugar cookies with my cousins at my Grandma’s house every year. It was my first exposure to baking and it truly was the start to a passion that exists to this day.

Each Christmas when I get to baking, I still pull out the old-fashioned cookie cutters that we used when we were little. It brings back wonderful memories!

September 24, 2012 12:19 AM
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Laurel said...

My favorite baking memories as a child are when I used to go over to my grandma’s house for the weekend and we’d get up early on Sunday mornings and spend time together baking blueberry muffins with a crumbly top. Those are some of my favorite memories with my grandma, just her and me, talking about whatever was going on in our lives, working together in her tiny kitchen.

Now that I’m a parent I’m really loving introducing my kids to baking and letting them help me out in the kitchen and hope that it’ll provide them with some good memories too.

September 24, 2012 12:20 AM
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Heidi Wendland said...

My grandmother taught me how to make the family bread recipe . The recipe and bowl that was shared with me is around 100 years old.

September 24, 2012 12:20 AM
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Katie said...

My aunt used to bake thousands and thousands of cookies to give away at Christmas. It was her favorite time of year, and she had Santas figurines and memorabilia literally blanketing every space of her house that wasn’t covered in cookie trays. I’m pretty sure she gave away every last cookie. Although she passed away eight years ago, I’m still reminded of her cookie generosity, and make cookies my gift of choice for family and friends. I’ll never be able to match her scale, but it means a lot to pay tribute to her just by baking up a batch of Peanut Butter Blossoms and giving them away to my college hallmates.

September 24, 2012 12:20 AM
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nicki said...

My special memories…..baking a massive amount of cookies, transforming the orange crates I have collected over the years into holiday gifts baskets filled with home baked cookies for friends and neigbhors!

September 24, 2012 12:20 AM
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Sarah K. said...

Learning how to make my grandmother’s Christmas cookies. I remember making 20+ dozen cookies in a couple days with my her and then icing and decorating each one with my grandpa, parents and sister :)

September 24, 2012 12:20 AM
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Caity said...

My favorite baking memory is actually the first time I ever baked. My dad was hosting a party and I decided I wanted to make dessert. I got a little too ambitious and made a huge guitar cake. It actually turned out better than I imagined and that’s what got me started in baking. Actually, that night was the first night I was introduced to your website 3 years ago!!!! Now, I have my own small business!!!!

September 24, 2012 12:20 AM
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Mindy said...

Baking with my husband… he’s creative and meticulous at the same time.

September 24, 2012 12:21 AM
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Tori said...

I love baking with my mother-in-law! She invited me to her annual Christmas baking party when my now-husband and I were first dating. We had an absolute blast! Now, 10 years later, we are still enjoying this tradition and adding my 2 toddlers in the mix. More great memories to come.

September 24, 2012 12:21 AM
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Anna Toledo said...

My Nena taught me how to make her secret family recipe Hungarian cookies (she brought the recipe over to the States with her on the boat) when I was 12. We spent the entire day baking and talking about what growing up in Hungary was like compared to growing up in the USA.

September 24, 2012 12:21 AM
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Kim said...

Baking cookies with all of my family around Christmas time and then making trays afterwards and each taking one home.

September 24, 2012 12:21 AM
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Becky said...

One of my favorite baking memories is from my kids were really little and wanting to help. Having them sit on the counter and help me was always a favorite time for me!

September 24, 2012 12:22 AM
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Emily said...

My Grammy bakes a delicious spiced applesauce bread for everyone at Christmas. When I was little we moved out of state. I miss baking with her but every Christmas she sends a loaf in a box with our presents. The box smells so delicious when opened! It’s not Christmas until we get that special box.

September 24, 2012 12:22 AM
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Courtney said...

My sister is 10 years older then me and when I was younger I would go over to her house at Christmas and we would makes crafts and bake the most amazing sugar cookies you’ve ever tasted. Now that I live 3000 miles away from her I still make those sugar cookies every Christmas and think of her and make everyone drool over them. I keep the recipe though between me and my sister, it’s our secret. ;)

September 24, 2012 12:22 AM
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Alison P said...

This doesn’t really involve me baking, but I remember my mom baked often for others when we were small. My sister and I could never figure out how there was always “just enough” batter/frosting for 2 extra cupcakes, cookies, etc. :) Now, I always seem to have enough extra for my nieces and nephews.

September 24, 2012 12:22 AM
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Annie said...

My favorite baking memory is my mom and I baking a triple layer cake for my birthday when I was a kid and using dry spaghetti sticks to make sure the layers didn’t slide off before the frosting set. I thought it was hilarious to have pasta sticking out of my cake! And pretty impressive of my mom to have baked a cake with THREE layers.

September 24, 2012 12:22 AM
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Christine said...

My favorite baking memory was making apple pies with my Grandma. She made the best apple pies, and my favorite part was when she would let my sister and me make cinnamon pinwheels out of the leftover scraps of pie crust dough. So yummy!

September 24, 2012 12:22 AM
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Kristy said...

Making Christmas goodies with my Grandma!
She’s no longer with us so now I get to make goodies with my kids.

September 24, 2012 12:22 AM
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Ruby said...

My favorite baking memory was being introduced to baking by my great grandmother when I was ten years old. She was the only person I knew in my family who enjoyed to bake. I am glad that I have been able to carry on her tradition and continue to bake for my family, what a sweet legacy to leave behind.

September 24, 2012 12:22 AM
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Brittney Crabtree said...

My mom and I make orange glazed poppy seed cake every Christmas and pass it out to everyone. It’s a big hit and the holidays don’t start for me until I start busting out the mini loaf pans.

September 24, 2012 12:23 AM
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Carrie said...

When I was a little girl, it was baking Christmas sugar cookies with my mom. Now that I’m the mama, it’s making Christmas sugar cookies with my own kiddos… and so much the better if my mom can join us!

September 24, 2012 12:23 AM
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Krystal E. said...

My favorite baking memory was when I made bran muffins with my dad on Saturday mornings. We’d be singing/yelling “Do You Know the Muffin Man?”. I’m not sure if I was much help, but if there was a spoon to be licked… I was definitely there. Thanks for having this giveaway!

September 24, 2012 12:23 AM
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Chandra said...

When I was growing up, my mom would bake all of our bread. My first baking memory is sitting on the table and watching as she would grind the wheat, mix the ingredients and knead the dough on the counter top. This is where I learned to bake and where my love of baking developed.

September 24, 2012 12:23 AM
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Mara said...

Growing up, my Mother, Grandmother, little brother and I would gather in the kitchen to bake cookies for Santa. My brother and I thought it was such a treat that we always got to munch on some of the same cookies Santa would be eating later in the night. The warmth of those moments stays with me quite clearly today.

September 24, 2012 12:23 AM
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Cynthia Raschke said...

I’ll never forget when I was in elementary school and was baking cookies with my older sister who was in high school. She was bragging about being the best baker in the house to all of my other siblings and really laying it on hard. Just then the oven caught on fire! Ends up it was from damage to the heating element and not her fault but almost 40 years later we still razz her about it. And yes, she really is one of the best bakers in the family now.

September 24, 2012 12:24 AM
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Ruby said...

every Christmas holiday my mom would bake cookie plates for family and the neighbors. There were two cookies on the plate though that have always been my favorite because they were my grandpa’s favorite! Coconut joys and waffle iron cookies! Now I love making them every holiday and eating them in his honor! <3

September 24, 2012 12:24 AM
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Connie said...

My favorite baking memory is one that I have of my paternal grandmother and I making sugar cookies. She always used a unique recipe, one that I have yet to see anyone else use. She would tie my hair up and put Crisco all over my hands and then do the same to herself. She allowed me to help her knead the cookie dough and roll it out. We would use the open end of a cup as a cookie cutter. We used to take cotton swabs to make little indents in the middle, kinda like buttons on a shirt. Once the cookies were done, we’d take the cotton swab again, apply food coloring on it and paint the indents on the cookies. They were always such a simple design, but one my grandma was known for. In her later years, she lost her memory, and with that, her recipe and techniques were nearly lost. She has since passed away, but every time I try to replicate her cookies, I always think back to those days.

September 24, 2012 12:24 AM
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Jennifer F said...

I helped my Mammaw in the kitchen a lot growing up. We’d bake cakes, make fried apple pies, and every year for Thanksgiving I would help her make yeast rolls from scratch. Now that Mammaw is gone, it’s my job to make the yeast rolls every Thanksgiving and it makes me feel like she’s still with me.

September 24, 2012 12:24 AM
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Mary said...

When I was a small child, I used to put on cooking shows for my Grandma and used muffin mixes. I stil think of my Grandma when I see those blue boxes at the store : )

September 24, 2012 12:24 AM
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Caitlin said...

I once had a Halloween party in middle school. My mom and me made tons of creepy inspired baked treats. Food that looked like body parts and Halloween animals. I had such a fun time baking them and decorating the the cupcakes, cookies, and various other treats. Though the best part was the look on my friend’s faces when they saw the delicious spread.

September 24, 2012 12:24 AM
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Salena said...

I don’t actually have an family memories because my mom is from Japan and they’re not big bakers and my dad ate sweets but never baked. So, I taught myself! There’s something almost therapeutic about it sometimes and when I get in a groove I just make new recipe after new recipe–I love trying new things and rarely make something again once I’ve perfected it.

September 24, 2012 12:24 AM
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Michelle said...

My favorite baking memory was making pie for Thanksgiving with my mom, brother, and sister when I was little.

September 24, 2012 12:24 AM
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Linnea said...

My favorite baking memory is the first time I baked sugar cookies with the kids I nanny for. They were about 4 and 8 years old. They fought over who got to add which ingredient, argued over who rolled more dough and cut out more cookies, spilled sprinkles and flour everywhere, and dirtied way too many dishes. The laughter and fun more than made up for the mess and fights. The cookies tasted great, looked hideous after the kids decorated them, and ended up becoming a favorite recipe/activity for us. I’m happy to say the kids fight less now and the cookies are more visually appealing these days.

September 24, 2012 12:25 AM
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Teak said...

For my neice’s 8th birthday a few years ago, she was having a pool party so we made teddy graham beach party cupcakes. She was having so much fun (and was REALLY good at decorating btw) she proudly proclaimed “when you get your own bakery I wanna work for you… and you don’t even have to pay me!” It was the sweetest and most honest thing ever. Even though now she claims that verbal contracts aren’t valid … did I mention shes a VERY smart now, 11 yr old?

September 24, 2012 12:25 AM
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Caitlin said...

During the holidays… I enjoy taking my families traditional recipes and adding my own holiday twist! ;-)!

September 24, 2012 12:25 AM
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Esther said...

My favorite baking memories involve baking cupcakes and decorating them with my younger sister when we were little. I remember dying frosting different colors and using our imagination to to make each cupcake different with different candies and sprinkles.

September 24, 2012 12:25 AM
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Jenn said...

When I was in Middle School I was baking Christmas cookies when my dad walked in to the kitchen and looked at the dough thoughtfully. Very carefully he asked me if the cookies could be better if they were….bigger. I was very confused but said “Sure, bigger is always better right?” He then went upstairs and brought down a WS bag with three giant Christmas cookie cutters in them. He bought them for me for Christmas but couldn’t resist giving them to me early!

Now, my son (who is a Middle Schooler now himself!) and I bake Christmas cookies every year with those cookie cutters and he always asks me to tell the story again (because it is so like my dad who cannot keep a secret!) :) It’s such a fun memory

September 24, 2012 12:25 AM
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Vanessa said...

I love getting together with my friends a couple weeks before the holidays and baking all day. Every year is another favorite memory!

September 24, 2012 12:25 AM
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Jennifer v. said...

One of my favorite baking memories was teaching my in-laws how to make pizza dough, granola, and other various yummies from scratch! I love when they come to visit! I also love baking with my mom. She taught me so much growing up! In elementary school I used to enter the cake baking/decorating contest. I always had so much spending that time with my mom! Families + baking = Love and good food! :)

September 24, 2012 12:25 AM
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Megan said...

Baking any holiday with my grandma, we always made the Easter Bunny cake from the two round cakes at Easter!!

September 24, 2012 12:26 AM
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Kimberly said...

My favorite annual cooking event in my house is Cookie Day. All year, I look for new cookie recipes and think about my old favorites. Then every December, my mom and I spend a whole day baking 12 different cookies (along with pecan crusted butter rum mini cakes) and we make plates to pass out to all our neighbors and friends. The house gets warm and smells like Christmas all day, and my mom and I have hot mochas and bake!

September 24, 2012 12:26 AM
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Cola Galvin said...

My Momma and I always did the pies together at Thanksgiving…her pecan pie was my favorite…now my daughter and I do the same…at her house EVERY year!

September 24, 2012 12:26 AM
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Tara Lynn Wagner Payne said...

I remember as a kid baking cookies from scratch a few times with my Nana. One morning I woke up early and decided to do it on my own. I was about 8 or 9. I found all the ingredients, made the dough (and I’m sure a terrible mess) and then had the good sense to wake my mom up to turn on the oven. She didn’t think the end result would actually be cookies but she humored me and to everyone’s surprise, my cookies were a success and a love of baking was born.

September 24, 2012 12:26 AM
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Linda said...

My favorite was holiday cookie baking time with my mom. I loved Spritz cookies, and having her teach me how to use her Spritz press was the best. I will never forget those times, and Spritz’s are my favorite holiday cookie!

September 24, 2012 12:26 AM
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Miss said...

Chocolate Chip cookies were the first thing I learned to cook/bake. I still remember my Mom teaching me, of course we used the recipe off of the Toll House package, just like I do today!

September 24, 2012 12:26 AM
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Tracey said...

My favorite baking memory is actually more of a sweet tooth satisfying memory. Fudge making with my Mom when I was younger and still lived at home.
Our fudge recipes usually just called for the mossssst basic ingredients, sugar, canned milk, and peanut butter. My favorite memories of making that tooth achingly sweet treat were on ordinary evenings, nothing much happening. And someone would get the idea to make fudge.
“Do we have the ingredients?” A quick check to make sure before our fudge hopes were raised too high…it’s funny how a pie plate full of something sweet could lift everyone’s mood, especially when it was winter and freezing.
It was wonderful, not just the treat but the excitement we’d build up, we weren’t just making fudge, we were making FUDGE!!!!
We’d eat the whole pan too, there were enough of us in the household that isn’t quite as decadent as it sounds but it was decadent enough. :)

September 24, 2012 12:27 AM
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Rachel said...

Before my wedding seven years ago, my soon-to-be mother-in-law, sister-in-law and I baked two hundred heart-shaped cookies with a cherry filling peeking through for my upcoming wedding. It was a hot day outside and stuffy in the kitchen, but we did it, our party favor cookies were adorable!

September 24, 2012 12:27 AM
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Susan M said...

My favorite memory is of my grandmother baking the same 3 types of pies for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. She always said they weren’t her best, but they were always delicious!

September 24, 2012 12:27 AM
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Kellie said...

I don’t have a specific memory, but baking has always been a great way for me to bond and spend time with my mom. Between custard pies and cakes, she is always my partner in crime!

September 24, 2012 12:27 AM
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Rachel G said...

Every year, my sister and I get together on Christmas Eve and bake chocolate chip cookies. Sometimes they’re just the Tollhouse bake-and-break kind, but after long, busy years apart, that hour in the kitchen together is exactly what we need to remember what family is about. When they’re done, we put on our PJ’s, watch Christmas movies, and eat delicious, oven-warmed cookies to our hearts’ content!

September 24, 2012 12:28 AM
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Michelle said...

My favorite baking memory was making an apple pie from scratch in my new apartment with my new apartment-mate that has never baked before! We had to improvise on things like a rolling pin, but the pie turned out beautiful and delicious! It was a great way to start our apartment life together!

September 24, 2012 12:28 AM
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kari n. said...

My grandmas and I used to bake around the holidays. They had so many amazing recipes. Now I continue the tradition with my two little girls. So much fun!

September 24, 2012 12:28 AM
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Kaytee E said...

My favorite memory is when My mom and I decided to make pies from scratch. They were not very good, but we had a blast making them together.

September 24, 2012 12:28 AM
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Connie the Cookie Monster said...

my favourite baking memory would be the one where i made my first layered cake. i felt so accomplished!

September 24, 2012 12:29 AM
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Kristen M said...

My favorite baking memory was during a Thanksgiving while I was in high school. My parents had gone out of town to visit relatives, and my sister and I were going to meet them there a few days later. However, weather conditions prevented us from going and my sister and I were forced to stay home. At the last minute, we went to buy ingredients from the very much picked over grocery store and prepared a feast just for the two of us. We made everything from the turkey to the pies… it was a blast!

September 24, 2012 12:29 AM
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Fern said...

One of my favorite baking memories is making cake pops *inspired by you of course* for the first time. I learned how fun & creative it is to make these cute little things!

September 24, 2012 12:29 AM
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Rachael said...

It’s a tough one to call but my fav is probably my dad (although this isn’t technically baking) making ‘camper’s stew’ during trips to the great outdoors.Rx

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September 24, 2012 12:29 AM
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Frances said...

After reading about making doughnuts on bakerella, some of my friends and I decided to face the challenge one summer. But baking at my house is always an adventure because I have an innate inability to follow recipes exactly. So we added in substituted an ingredient here and there, but one thing stuck out to me from the post, which was to generously flour the surface, so we definitely did that, maybe a little too much. But it was a ton of fun just baking with everyone, especially since it was one of the last days we would all spend together in the same city, now that we’ve all graduated from college, everyone’s getting married, and/or moving away from home.

And in the end, the doughnuts were pretty successful, definitely not as beautiful and cute as bakerella’s, but still tasty nonetheless.

September 24, 2012 12:29 AM
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Awa said...

Baking apple pie with my mum during the fall is my best baking memory, i will be carrying that tradition when i have a daughter.

September 24, 2012 12:29 AM
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Sydney said...

My favorite baking memory is very old, but still so vivid in my mind. I remember baking with my grandma as a child, sitting on the counter stirring up chocolate cake mix for cake mix cookies. I was amazed at how delicious her frosting was and it didn’t even come from a can! She hasn’t been able to bake for many years, but anytime I make homemade chocolate frosting, I remember that day in her kitchen. :)

September 24, 2012 12:30 AM
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Megan Garland said...

My best memories are making cinnamon rolls and brownies for my dad while he was working at nights so that when he would come home in the morning, they were waiting for him

September 24, 2012 12:30 AM
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Emily said...

Thus far my favorite baking memory is cinnamon rolls with my 4 year old. He loves to help add the ingredients but his favorite part is rolling out the dough. He even made special ones for his cousins.

September 24, 2012 12:30 AM
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Maggie said...

My boys & I bake cookies together every Christmas & Easter. This has become even more important to me now that one has moved out, 2 are teens & never wants to spend time together. At least I still have one young enough (for now) to love spending time with me. We still get together to bake cookies. They are not always the same kind of cookies but always cookies. When we’re done we share them with the neighbors & our friends. When they get married I may not get this time but I’m enjoying it while I’ve got it.

September 24, 2012 12:30 AM
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Catarina said...

My grandmother was a baker and a chef. My Mom is a chef and im a baker. We both took over My grandmother and we both use her recipes. Mom does more tasting and i do more of The decor. 3 years back i was laid off and so bumped into your site and after some thinking of business name my business was born. So Thank you bakerella for inspiring all your readers.
Thank you for the giveaway.

Catarina aka Docerela

September 24, 2012 12:30 AM
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Christina C. said...

A few years back, I decided to bake a bunch of sugar cookies so we could decorate them for Christmas. My cousins and I had so much funny just laughing at the different designs we all came up with. I always look fondly back on this memory. It’s one of my favorite baking memories. :)

September 24, 2012 12:30 AM
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Lesley M. said...

My favorite baking memory would have to be baking cake balls with my sister for our dad the night before Father’s day. We stayed up all night baking and decorating them, and of course our dad loved them :)

September 24, 2012 12:31 AM
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Elizabeth N. said...

My childhood best friend’s mom loved to cook all the time. When my friend and I would get bored, we would ask her mom if we could help bake something, whether it was cookies, pizza, or cake. Once while making cookies, we asked her mom for clarification on a salt measurement. If I remember correctly, she wasn’t listening and either didn’t answer or didn’t answer us properly. Thinking we knew what we were doing, we dumped in a bunch of salt. I am not sure either one of us ever made that mistake again.

September 24, 2012 12:31 AM
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Jamie Harrison said...

My son is 3 years old and loves to bake with me. All of my favorite baking memories have him in it. <3

September 24, 2012 12:31 AM
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shirley t said...

my favorite baking memory is making cookies in the kitchen, especially thumbprint jam cookies, while listening to Christmas music with and surrounded by family

September 24, 2012 12:31 AM
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McKenzy said...

Making texas chocolate cake with my grandma and hearing the story of how her family moved from Texas to California after the great depression.

September 24, 2012 12:31 AM
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Gretchen said...

Baking bread/cinnamon rolls/etc with my grandma. She’d go on and on (every single time) about how you had to treat the dough like a baby (keep it warm, butter it’s “butt”, etc). Oh, how I wish she were still here to tell me how to do it right.

September 24, 2012 12:32 AM
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Stephanie (bake with ginger) said...

Some of my favorite baking memories are during Christmas time. My sister and I spend a full weekend baking hundreds of cookies, cupcakes, bars, brownies… You name it. And we give them all away to family, friends, and some of her students. My other favorite baking memory is making decorated cookies for the autistic children I work with. I take their favorite thing and make it into a sugar cookie. Most recently, one of my kiddos asked me to make his made up superhero into a cookie (Kung Fu Guy, complete with his whole team, haha). I love making people happy through baking.

September 24, 2012 12:32 AM
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Jennifer C said...

I recently recreated your Mrs. Potts cake pops for my best friend’s baby shower. She absolutely loves Beauty and the Beast! I stayed up all night with my sister making these and adding all of the little extras that make them so cute and perfect for her big day! :) we had so much fun and even though it took all night it was all worth it to see the smile on her face!

September 24, 2012 12:32 AM
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Susan D said...

My mom didn’t enjoy cooking or baking, but during Chnristmastime, she forgot that she didn’t like it. We would make at least 6 different kinds of cookies to share with the neighbors. We had a lot of fun together and the cookies were always delicious. I enjoyed delivering the treats as much as baking them.

September 24, 2012 12:32 AM
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