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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Tracie said...

My favorite baking memory is memorialized in my favorite childhood photograph. I’m about 4 or 5 and I’m on the big stool in my grandmother’s wonderful (and red!) kitchen. She’s showing me how to roll out Christmas sugar cookies for the very first time. The look on my face (and the flour all over the kitchen) remind me how much baking with my grandmother meant to me. I love, love, LOVE this picture and I keep a copy of it in the giant recipe box she gave me when she found out she was dying. She called me to her dining room and gave me the box and said, “This is yours now, it’s full of really great stuff and I can’t think of anyone else who will appreciate it and nurture it as much as you will.” Fond memories of a very special gram!

September 24, 2012 12:32 AM
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Brooke said...

My favorite baking memory was one summer in my childhood spent on my Grandparents farm in Iowa. My Grandma had 2 boxes of beautiful, juicy peaches and we all helped make sooo many peaches ‘n cream pies! And sneak fragrant, sticky peach slices!

September 24, 2012 12:32 AM
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Erica M. said...

When I was about 15 I desperately wanted to make pie crust from scratch, just like Martha Stewart. So my Dad took the time and taught me how. It was the first time we had ever baked together.

September 24, 2012 12:32 AM
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Aamina Masood said...

My favorite memory is baking ‘naan khatai’ with my mom. Its a traditional cookie with flour, powdered sugar and melting butter with a hint of freshly ground cardamom. We used to make the small patties together and then she would let us brush the tops with egg and then bake them. The cookies were always just delicious and the best time I spent with my mom.

September 24, 2012 12:32 AM
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Stephanie S said...

My mom was never much of a cook, nor baker, but we would always make chocolate chip cookies for the holidays. It was always the same way too, directions from the back of the Nestle chips and at least one spoonful of dough that we each ate and then the lecture on why raw eggs are bad :P

September 24, 2012 12:33 AM
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Lindsey said...

So sad I can’t enter the KitchenAid giveaway! (Live in Canada)

The pecan pies look wonderful though!

-Lindsey
http://ettu-tutu.blogspot.com

September 24, 2012 12:33 AM
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kristy said...

Making cookies with my sister in law

September 24, 2012 12:33 AM
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Magdalena said...

Making peanut butter cookies with my mom is my favorite memory. She would let me pour in all the ingredients and mix it up. Then after she rolled the dough into lil balls I would flatten them with a fork and sprinkle some sugar on top. I make them today with my nieces the same way except we do taste testing when they are still warm with some milk :)

September 24, 2012 12:33 AM
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Katrina Darrington said...

My favorite baking memories are the ones with my 5 year old daughter! Was diagnosed with End-Stage Renal disease last December and I had REALLY wanted to start my own baking business but I’ve just been too tired to bake that much anymore, so anytime I do bake I love when my daughter helps me! She gets so excited and I let her take all the credit for the tasty things we make :)

September 24, 2012 12:34 AM
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Leeann Navarro said...

I didnt bake much as a child, my favorite Baking memory is the first time i baked with my daughter! Chocolate chip cookies! The joy on her face was priceless!

September 24, 2012 12:34 AM
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Tara said...

Favorite baking memory has to be with my easy bake oven. That’s when it all began :’)

September 24, 2012 12:34 AM
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Amber L said...

My favorite baking time was the first time I baked a peacan pie I was 15 and it was thanksgiving the pie was a simple peacan pie but I made the misteak and put the pie in thr frige and didnt let it cool. And it didnt set but my family was so thankful of me trying it they ate the hole thing. I am happy to say im a much better baker now

September 24, 2012 12:34 AM
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Lana said...

Mine is a recent one. My 16 year old wanted to make cookies. My mom gave her a recipe to try. Now I’m not sure what happened….but…her brother who will eat anything sweet, looked at her finished product and asked “who made the cookie buscuits?” and took a bite and threw it away. LOL! We had to take pictures and everything. She did try again and they were great!

September 24, 2012 12:34 AM
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Lisa said...

My favorite baking memory was my Grandma Stivers teaching me all of her tips and tricks to make the most flaky delicous pie crust when I was first married. Now 15 years later I’m in charge of all our holiday pies, with the help of my 11 year old daughter.

September 24, 2012 12:35 AM
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Kristin said...

Making candy trains at Christmas with my mom!

September 24, 2012 12:36 AM
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Daniela said...

My mom and I would make bread bears. I would sit on the counter and form my own bear with raisins for buttons, but I would really just sit there and pick out all of the raisin buttons from the other bears.

September 24, 2012 12:36 AM
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Katie said...

Baking cupcakes with my younger sister and teaching her how to pipe frosting onto them.

September 24, 2012 12:36 AM
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Kathy said...

my aunt lived with us when I was a toddler (and she was in highschool) and I remember how she would lift me up onto the counter and I got to help her and her friends make rice krispies treats and sometimes chocolate chip cookies. the funny part is she doesn’t remember it, but it was super important to a 3 year old to be included :)

September 24, 2012 12:36 AM
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Angelica Garza said...

My favorite baking memory has to be the first time my sister and I made a batch of cake pops on my birthday a couple of years ago. Since then baking and making pops has become our special sister bonding time :)

September 24, 2012 12:36 AM
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Martha D. said...

When my brother and I were kids, my Auntie would have us over every Holiday season to make Christmas cookies. Always a simple sugar cookie but she’d have all kind of cookie cutters, icings and decorations for us to use. I still remember the smells in her kitchen and the taste. Yum!

September 24, 2012 12:36 AM
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Queta said...

I don’t have one quite yet, but I hope to make some now that I’m a mommy!

September 24, 2012 12:37 AM
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Sara said...

Making hungarian kiffles with my dad every year. We’ve been making them ever since my grandma passed away because she used to make them. We ship them to our relatives too. Its a great way to celebrate the holidays with my family :)
ps- we steal my mom’s stand mixer to make the dough. Its pretty handy =)

September 24, 2012 12:37 AM
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Liz said...

My father never uses a cookbook of ant sort. I actually learned how to crack an egg one handed just by observing hiim. My favourite memory was baking his famous almond cookies. Just before they went into the oven he gave be the big job of placing the almond on the cookie and brushing it with an egg wash. Was a huge deal for a little girl! Till this day I still get butterflies when we bake them together.

September 24, 2012 12:38 AM
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Kristin said...

I remember baking chocolate graham cookies with my grandmother. She taught me how baking is a science and fresh ingredients make all the difference.

September 24, 2012 12:38 AM
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Christina K. said...

One of my favorite baking moments was when I was about 17 and baking with a family friend around the holidays and I decided to make cookies and instead of following the step by step directions I dumped all of the ingrediants in the bowl together at the same time and my friend was like “no you don’t do that you do different ingrediants at different times but don’t worry we can fix it” and we did, it was just so funny and we had a blast that whole day anyways!

September 24, 2012 12:39 AM
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Deborah Hollister said...

My granddaughter loves to bake with me and a few months ago we made nazook for the first time. What a perfect treat to make with children! We both got our hands in there and mixed and rolled and sprinkled and cut. And they were delicious!

September 24, 2012 12:40 AM
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Lindsey said...

The Christmas my husband and I were engaged we baked and decorated sugar cookies for all of our friends. This has turned into a tradition and now I LOVE making sugar cookies with our 3 year old.

September 24, 2012 12:40 AM
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Sandra said...

My first and fondest baking memories are of my mom baking fancy wedding cakes. I still remember the smell of butter cream frosting and the amazing rosettes. I still have her old Wilton cakes catalogs.

September 24, 2012 12:40 AM
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Tracy Hall said...

My favorite baking memory is making cookies for Santa with my mom. It still is my favorite cookie recipe in the whole world.

September 24, 2012 12:40 AM
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Tara H said...

My favorite baking memory is baking cookies with my children every year for Christmas. They love to help in the kitchen :) My birthday is in October and this would be an awesome birthday gift!!

September 24, 2012 12:40 AM
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Amy Walker said...

Even though I’m grown now, my favorite baking memory is learning how to bake chocolate chip cookies from scratch. Kitchen ended up a mess, but the memory has stuck with me all these years.

September 24, 2012 12:41 AM
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Tanne said...

Baking cinnamon rolls and Kulich bread with my Grandma Brainard every Christmas. I miss those days.

September 24, 2012 12:41 AM
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Kathleen said...

Every Christmas my family and our neighbors spend a night making sand tarts sugar cookies. We have been doing it for almost ten years, and it adds something special to the holiday season every year :)

September 24, 2012 12:41 AM
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Nancy Pechinski said...

My memory is when I used to go to my best friends house and her mom would show us how to make all kinds of things. I really loved making sugar eggs with panoramas inside.

September 24, 2012 12:41 AM
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Stephanie said...

My very first (and favorite) baking memory was when I was 3 or 4 years old in my parent’s kitchen with my mom, aunt, and Nana baking Christmas cookies. My aunt brought me little gingerbread ornaments to decorate then bake for our tree (which I still have), and I also got to roll the Swedish nutballs in the powdered sugar when they were done cooling.

September 24, 2012 12:41 AM
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Crystal M. said...

My mom made cake for the family when there,was a,wedding or even a birthday. My memory would have to be when she was mixing everything I would ask her if I can have a luck of the cake mix and sometimes she would say no. So when she wasn’t looking, I was take a luck anyway. :)

September 24, 2012 12:41 AM
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Laura said...

My grandmother was blind, and she baked all the time. She would read the braille recipe to me, and I would help her measure things and pour into bowls, etc. My brother and I would get so excited if she messed something up (didn’t rise enough in her opinion or accidentally poked a large hole while testing for doneness), so we would get to eat it! To this day, I still haven’t tasted a better pumpkin pie :)

September 24, 2012 12:42 AM
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Stacey said...

My favorite baking memory was when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I loved baking with my mom, and she finally let me bake a cake all by myself. Unfortunately, I had not mastered cracking eggs, so a few bits of eggshells got baked into the cake. My family was so sweet though and ate it anyway, despite the crunch. :)

September 24, 2012 12:42 AM
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Crystal said...

My favorite baking memory would be making & decorating sugar cookies during Christmastime with my family growing up! It’s something that I do now with my husband & 2 kiddos :) There’s nothing like spending time with those you love & enjoying yummy cookies while you’re at it!

September 24, 2012 12:42 AM
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Marcia said...

Ive always had good memories baking Christmas cutout cookies with my mom, kids and now my two little grandsons. Fun yummy times!

September 24, 2012 12:43 AM
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Sarah W. said...

My favorite baking memory has turned into an annual tradition. I have my niece over the weekend before Christmas and we do a marathon baking weekend. Cookies, breads & pies galore. We wrap them up in pretty boxes and deliver to family members and friends around town. We’ve done it since she was 4 and we have a blast!! Looking forward to many, many more years of baking fun!

September 24, 2012 12:43 AM
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Cari said...

My favorite memory was baking snickerdoodles and russian tea cakes with my mom. Christmastime was filled with tons of yummy things from her kitchen. The smell of vanilla extract takes me back to being a little girl instantly…. :)

September 24, 2012 12:44 AM
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Betsy said...

Our family didn’t make the regular sugar cookies for Christmas. Our cutouts had nutmeg added to the dough..same recipe as when my mom made cookies as a kid. Me, my mom and granny would make dozens of them. Get sick from the dough. Dogs loved them!
Some of the cookie shapes were not christmassy..we’d add witches and lions, whatever we pulled out of the bag.. Then we’d brush them with egg whites when they were still warm and hurry up and add colored sprinkles or chocolate jimmies, never frosted.
Granny would tell stories of how grandpa would decorate some of the cookies. They had fun.
When I got married – she gave me her bag of cookie cutters, I would haul them to my mom and dad’s every year and all 3 of us would bake.
I still use alot of those today. – great memories!

September 24, 2012 12:44 AM
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Rachel TF said...

When my mother and father in law started dating, they created a baking tradition. Every year at Christmas, they bake over 15 types of cookies and goodies for at least 20 families. There are plates of cookies all over the house! It’s such a beautiful and delicious site. This tradition has carried on every year. This Christmas will be the 4th Christmas since my father in law passed away. So it makes the tradition that much more special. A new mixer would make the baking much easier for my mother in law!

September 24, 2012 12:44 AM
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Erica G. said...

I have too many favorite memories, but as for back as I can remember my Mom always bakes 2 pies during Thanksgiving and Christmas; pumpkin and apple. When I started to get interesting in cooking and baking, she let me help out with them each year since. Now that I’m away in college, I hope I can make it back in time to bake with her and not miss out.

September 24, 2012 12:44 AM
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Jen said...

Mine was in high school. During the Christmas season, I would make my friends assorted cookie gift bags. I loved being in the kitchen baking all day. The whole process was fun, baking putting it all together and delivering them to everyone. :o)

September 24, 2012 12:45 AM
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Paul Evenson said...

My best memory is when I made a triple berry/ rhubarb pie for work and everyone said it was better then there grandmas.

September 24, 2012 12:45 AM
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Ashley Larissa said...

My absolute favorite baking memory I have is when I was sometime around five. My dad let me help him bake his apple pie for a contest he was entering. I got to mix the apples by hand with all the cinnamon and sugar. He’d catch me eating a slice of the apple and laugh while fishing one out of the bowl for himself. Our pie even won first place in the contest. But We wouldn’t have cared if we didn’t place at all.

September 24, 2012 12:46 AM
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Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat said...

Definitely baking our family brownie recipe with my mom- they are the best!

September 24, 2012 12:46 AM
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Christine Gaddis said...

During this time of year my mom always canned fall fruits like apples, peaches and pears. We don’t live close anymore so now I have continued this tradition with my daughter. As Christmas gets closer, we use the canned fruits to make cakes, breads and cookies for family and friends.

September 24, 2012 12:46 AM
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Karla Comer said...

My grandmother and I used to make Christmas goodies together every year since I was old enough to hold a spatula. We continued that tradition until she passed away in 2000. Now I carry on that tradition using her recipes.

September 24, 2012 12:47 AM
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Carol said...

Baking and frosting sugar cookies with my mom. We had sets of Snoopy cookie cutters for Valentines Day, Halloween and Christmas. We would make the cookies and my mom would detail every part of the cookies we would frost….Charlie Brown’s yellow and black shirt, Linus’ blue blanket, Lucy’s blue dress, Smoopy’s red dog house….it was a lot of work but I remember how fun it was to color the frostings and paint each detail.

September 24, 2012 12:47 AM
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Angeline said...

I made macarons with my best friend this summer! It was a wonderful way to catch up, eat yummy treats, and just have fun. First time making macarons was a success!

September 24, 2012 12:47 AM
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Bekki said...

I loved making Christmas cookies and candies with my Mom. After they were all finished we would make up tray and drive around town delivering them to friends. Now that I have children of my own I love carrying on the same tradition. It’s so much fun spending time together doing something for others!

September 24, 2012 12:47 AM
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Deon Sagers said...

I adored sitting at the counter watching my mom as she mixed, kneaded by hand, and shaped loaf after loaf of homemade bread at least once a week for our large family. The smell of her homemade bread baking in the oven cannot be beat.

September 24, 2012 12:48 AM
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Lori Kays said...

My favorite baking memories is baking various goodies for Christmas presents with my daughters. One day a year we spend all day baking and making gifts for neighbors, teachers, friends, or whoever. It feels great that they still want to spend that time with me. I hope we will continue to do it for years to come.

September 24, 2012 12:48 AM
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Karla Correa said...

My favorite baking memory is when I baked my dad a cake for the very first time. I was about 9 years old. The cake came out awful but my dad still ate it. Ever since then, I have loved baking.

September 24, 2012 12:48 AM
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Junie V said...

My favorite bakking memory would be baking cupcakes with my mom! :)

September 24, 2012 12:49 AM
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Kelly M said...

I remember learning to bake with my godmother from a young age, my favorite was baking chocolate chips cookies. Eating the dough was the best part! We always made tons of cookies for the holidays and gave them as gifts.

September 24, 2012 12:49 AM
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Elaine N. said...

My favorite tradition is pretty recent. A bunch of girlfriends and I do a cookie exchange every year around Christmas time. We each bake a cookie recipe to share and have afternoon tea and just enjoy time with each other.

September 24, 2012 12:50 AM
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Alisha Courtney said...

My favorite baking memories is helping my grandmother make homemade buttermilk biscuits. The biggest biscuit would always go in the center of the round pan and it was by far the best biscuit of the bunch.

September 24, 2012 12:50 AM
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sarah o said...

I was probably about 10 years old and my cousin and I were staying at my grandparent’s house for a couple days in the summer. One night she decided to teach us how to make home-made fudge at mid-night! Not only was the fudge incredible, but we both thought we had the coolest grandma in the world for letting us stay up that late! She still is the best in my book! :)

September 24, 2012 12:50 AM
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patti said...

I would have to say my favorite baking memory would be from when I was around 7 years old with my Nana (Great Grandma on my Mothers side). Nana was this wonderfully elegant old Italian woman who would bake Christmas cookies in ropes of old pearls, a cashmere sweater and Shalimar perfume. I can still see her taking out the antique Pizzelle presses she got from her Mother back in Italy, making the dough, cooking the cookies and telling me stories about how she used to make them when she was a little girl. She would always let me dust on the powdered sugar……….

September 24, 2012 12:51 AM
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Kristen said...

When i was a kid my mom and I used to make peanut butter balls (aka buckeyes) for Christmas. Now it’s my job every year and I always love doing it and bringing them to her house to share.
I bake things with my son now. I hope he has the same fond memories when he grows up.

September 24, 2012 12:51 AM
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Carol said...

Baking and frosting sugar cookies with my mom. We had sets of Snoopy cookie cutters for Valentines Day, Halloween and Christmas. We would make the cookies and my mom would detail every part of the cookies we would frost….Charlie Brown’s yellow and black shirt, Linus’ blue blanket, Lucy’s blue dress, Snoopy’s red dog house….it was a lot of work but I remember how fun it was to color the frostings and paint each detail. She would pack them my lunch for school and eating them was the best part of the day!

September 24, 2012 12:51 AM
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Karina said...

My sisters and I attempted to make blueberry bagels. Our confidence was at an all-time high as the previous week, we had successfully make cinnamon-raisin rolls that were absolutely delicious.

After a couple of hours, we were finally at the “roll dough into ropes then join ends and drop in boiling water stage” when a yell was heard. “Oh no! We forgot the blueberries!!”

To this day, we yell out “Oh no! The blueberries!!” when we’ve forgotten something important.

September 24, 2012 12:51 AM
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Rita said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

My favorite baking memory: in high school, my best friend and I decided to bake shortbread for the first time. And by the first time, I mean we were baking for the first time ever. The cookies ended up disastrous, like slightly buttery chunks of kitchen tile. We were pretty disappointed, but then my friend’s mom popped one in her mouth and said, “Not bad!” It just goes to show that…some moms have terrible taste. Hahaha. Also, I guess MAYBE it wasn’t a disaster.

September 24, 2012 12:51 AM
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Jessica said...

I loved baking cookies with my Aunt every year before Christmas.

September 24, 2012 12:51 AM
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Kali said...

My favorite baking memory is when my mom came over and taught me how to make my favorite pie, Banana Cream. She makes the best and it was great to see her wisdom in the kitchen!! I hope I can be as good of a cook as she is!

September 24, 2012 12:52 AM
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Christina W said...

The day before Christmas last year my good friend and I spent all day long baking goodies for our friends. We made Santa hat cake pops, Christmas tree cake pops, gingerbread faces, shortbread cookies and it took us all day long. Despite the hard work getting to really spend time with her and just seeing the results made the 12+ hours worth it. We were glad that everyone really enjoyed them as well :)

September 24, 2012 12:54 AM
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Barb said...

My favorite baking memory is definitely baking and decorating sugar cookies at Christmastime. All four children in my family would make the dough, select our favorite cookie cutters, and painstakingly decorate each cookie. Our favorite cookies were always left out for Santa. Poor Santa – our house might have been responsible for that big belly!

September 24, 2012 12:54 AM
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Alana said...

One of my favorite baking memories was very recent. Yesterday I tried to make cheesecake brownie bite cake pops, and as you can see from this photo, it turned out excellent (sarcasm): http://www.flyingpurplehippos.com/meme/NailedItCakeBites.jpg

I laughed, and laughed, and laughed at my terrible results. Oddly, my second favorite baking memory is also when I screwed up big time, haha. I tried taking a cute cupcake photo for my site’s 10th birthday and in five seconds the candle wax melted all over cupcake and was a terrible mess. I’m glad that I can laugh at such things now rather than get upset by them.

September 24, 2012 12:54 AM
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Bethany said...

My grandma used to come to our house on Christmas Eve and make cookies and candy with us. It was a tradition we looked forward to every year for a long time, and we continued to make the same treats after she passed away.

September 24, 2012 12:54 AM
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jeaneen said...

I have so many but I will have to say baking with my grandma. It’s because of her and the love for my family that I love to bake. My grandma and I would bake pumpkin pies together for.thanksgiving and once she had a hard time getting around I had her “help” me so that she could still be involved. She’s the best!!!!

September 24, 2012 12:54 AM
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Laura shepherd said...

Baking was never a huge tradition in my family while growing up, but when i got married it became an important part of my holidays. Our first year married we couldn’t afford a ton of gifts so instead i decided to bake french silk pies for every family on both of our sides. It was so much fun that i decided to keep doing them every year. I bake something different each year though and i love it. It’s the only major time of the year that i bake.

September 24, 2012 12:55 AM
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Beth Jackson said...

Last year around Christmas my daughter and her friend wanted to learn how to make homemade bread. We had so much fun. The bread turned out great.

September 24, 2012 12:55 AM
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Dayanara Garcia said...

My favorite baking memories are the ones I am creating with my 4 yr old niece. Since she was 2 she has been at my side baking and decorating cakes with me. Now I have another niece that will soon join me. The time spent with them in the kitchen is precious!!

September 24, 2012 12:55 AM
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BKC said...

Every year my mom and I make peanut brittle, factory style! Sheets and sheets cover all the surfaces on the kitchen, and we’re buttered up to our armpits and there’s usually a nasty burn or two and my hair smells sweet for days. I love it!

September 24, 2012 12:56 AM
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sasha huff said...

All of my baking memories are with my mom. She’s taught me everything I know, and to this day we still bake together. Whether it is making cupcakes for parties, cookies for a late night snack, or whipping up her famous whoopie pies, baking for me is a way to spend time with my mom even when she is far way.

September 24, 2012 12:56 AM
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Jessica said...

One my favorite baking memories is how my dad would treat my Snickerdoodles like such a treasure and make one batch last for a REALLY long time.

September 24, 2012 12:57 AM
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Becky W. said...

My favorite baking memory is the cookie baking spree around Christmas time with my mom. Her gifts to all the adults in the family are always a box with an assortment of our favorite cookies. But being the next in line family baker, I started to help out when I was in high school and it is something I look forward to every year. Not only because I know I’ll love what I am getting for christmas but because I love baking cookies. Now I have added in, thought, cheesecake, so I help bake cookies then I make cheesecake for everyone. I am wanting to start a halloween treat tradition, but haven’t decided on what. Thanks Bakerella!!!

September 24, 2012 12:57 AM
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CelesteCg said...

I remember I would always look forward to my Great Grandmas Biscochitos she would always send them in a Christmas tin all the way from Albuquerque,NM to Houston ,TX.. Now shes 95 yrs young and isn’t able to make them so I continue the tradition by making them every Christmas…

September 24, 2012 12:57 AM
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Julia said...

My favorite memories involve my little boy, River, using an entire bottle of sprinkles to decorate about 2 cookies. :)

September 24, 2012 12:57 AM
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Charli Campbell said...

Mu favorite memory… So hard to chose! The first thing I ever baked on my own were Snickerdoodles (still a favorite). I was 8 and my Mom let me experiment in the kitchen. The only downfall is we did no have any cream of tarter so they came out more like pancakes than cookies. Still yummy, but missing that crunch you expect in a snickerdoodle. I was very proud of my funny little cookies!

September 24, 2012 12:57 AM
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hazelbite said...

Making biscuits with my grandma. She never used a recipe but she taught me how to make the most fluffy and tender patty pan biscuits. In fact, I made them last night for the first time in ages and they were just as good as my dearly departed grandma’s.

September 24, 2012 12:57 AM
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Kim H. said...

My favorite baking memory is of my grandfather furiously beating together a cream cheese & sugar mixture for my grandma’s batch of Christmas cheesecakes. I was probably 6 or 7 at the time, and I got to help by licking bowl clean.

September 24, 2012 12:58 AM
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Rachel said...

I love that your uncle carried on the family tradition!

My mother used to bake spritz cookies with us every Christmas. We had an unbelievably ancient little cookie press and my little sister and I fought over who got to crank those soft little puppies out.

And then of course we essentially ruined them by covering them with approximately 4 pounds of sugar crystals apiece.

:) But it’s the memories that count, right?

September 24, 2012 12:58 AM
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Deborah Nowland said...

I used to love making cinnamon rolls for my family and neighbors. I try to stay away from carbs now so I don’t bake like I used to.

September 24, 2012 12:59 AM
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Misty in Utah said...

My grandfather loved oatmeal raisin cookies. I remember hanging out with my grandmother and making them in the kitchen of the big, old house. Flour dust in the air, pans everywhere, and that smell! To this day I love the smell of oatmeal raisin cookies baking, they are my favorite..

September 24, 2012 12:59 AM
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Sarah Case said...

One Christmas when I was in grade school, my mom had made several pies to take to my grandparents’ house where we would be visiting with extended family for a few days. We ended up getting stuck at home due to an ice storm, and we were all sad that we couldn’t spend the holiday with our grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. To cheer us up, mom decided we should have pie and ice cream for breakfast on Christmas morning. It has been almost 30 years, and we STILL do it every year!

September 24, 2012 01:00 AM
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Amber Dominguez said...

Anytime my five year old asks to help me bake it’s always an awesome memory :)

September 24, 2012 01:00 AM
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Amanda said...

Last Christmas while my fiance was visiting (we’re long distance), we decided to bake chocolate brownies together. We made a huge mess and the brownies left a lot to be desired, but we put on a comedy and enjoyed the brownies anyway. That same evening we had an incident where he accidentally got a booger in my hair… but that’s another story entirely. That and our goofy brownies did make that day all the more memorable though :)

September 24, 2012 01:00 AM
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Kelsey Brown said...

My favorite baking memory was the times I made sugar cookies with my mom. She would get mad at my Sister and I for snitching dough, even though she did it too. :)

September 24, 2012 01:00 AM
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Kathryn said...

My favorite memory would definitely have to be learning how to make pie with my Mama. Like your Uncle, she’s not really a baker except for the holidays. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, she and I bake a Cranberry-Raspberry Pie. It’s not the holidays without one!

September 24, 2012 01:00 AM
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Melanie B said...

Baking cookies at Christmas time nearly 5 years ago after my sister in law had a brain aneurysm and she was just grasping how to do things again. It’s definitely something I’ll never forget.

September 24, 2012 01:00 AM
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Trisha said...

Making oreo truffles for teacher Christmas gifts with my BFF til 2am…let’s just say it was a comedy of errors!

September 24, 2012 01:00 AM
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Jillian said...

I have many wonderful memories of baking with my mum as a child. However, my most favorite memories are of baking with my sons whn they were very young. My boys all dolled up in their aprons and chef hats helping me make cookies, cheesecakes and other delicious treats. The yummy treats were only surpassed by the deliciousness of our together time!!

September 24, 2012 01:00 AM
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Leslie said...

I always remember making “press” cookies with my mom at Christmas and decorating them with red hots and colored sugar. Mmmmm…

September 24, 2012 01:01 AM
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Hannah said...

My favorite baking recipe was the time I attempted to make a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving in Nairobi, Kenya. Things got a little crazy…

September 24, 2012 01:02 AM
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Yuriko said...

I recently started baking more cupcakes and the last time my three year old niece came to visit i decided i would let her help me during the mixing of ingredients and decorating and now she cant stop talking about putting sprinkles on her cupcakes and sing happy birthday while doing it!!

September 24, 2012 01:02 AM
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