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…


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.



And now, I’d love for you to share your favorite baking memory.

Holiday or any day.

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Brian said...

My grandmother used to make applesauce cake for special occasions. She baked it in a cast iron skillet. When I was a kid, I always thought that was so odd. The cake was always served with a dollop of Cool Whip.

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

My favorite baking memory is when my 2 girls surround me while I bake. I love when they want to help,lick the bowl, and think that everything is the best! I am still baking memories….for them I hope.

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

My sister and I used to make a lot of cookie cutter cookies, thanks to our mom, who collected cookie cutters. We often made cookies for the entire football team of our high school. Our mascot was a leopard, so we would turn a Halloween cat cookie into a leopard, making all the spots individually! We often made each player’s jersey number as well, with a set of number cutters. I’m sure we thought we’d get more dates this way, but it didn’t quite work out that way!

September 24, 2012 01:03 AM
Jen W. said...

One of my favorite baking memories is baking birthday cupcakes for my daughters school class and seeing her excited face as she shares them with her friends. Priceless.

September 24, 2012 01:03 AM
Heathr R said...

My favorite baking memories are from I was a little girl, and my grandmother used to watch me after morning kindergarten. She would teach me how to make roll out cookies, and she always let me lick the beaters. She had this avacado green old school mixer, and I loved the smell that came out of the motor, and would come across the countertop since it was about my height. She was so patient with me, and would allow me to put on my own Julia Child shows with her, and all of my stuffed animals that were kept at her house. Such fun memories! Every child should only be so lucky to have grandmother time like that.

September 24, 2012 01:04 AM
Lisa D. said...

My favorite baking memory is when my Mom would leave me with an elderly neighbor when she needed a sitter in a pinch when I was maybe 6 or 7. She would make up a bowl of gingerbread dough and let me roll the cookie dough into balls of any size that I wanted. She was always so sweet and patient with me, how I thought a grandmother should be.

September 24, 2012 01:04 AM
eve w said...

i remember baking cookies with my mother. she wasnt a baker, so we didnt have a mixer. we mixed the batter with a fork :)

September 24, 2012 01:04 AM
Anna said...

My first baking memories are from when i was about 8 or 10, i’d bake a box mix with my mom’s supervision. I loved getting the white mix where you added pink and blue spots… we’d eat it without frosting. :)

September 24, 2012 01:05 AM
Karen said...

Baking chocolate sheath cakes with my mom. This is the first fall season without her, and I miss her more than I could ever have imagined.

September 24, 2012 01:06 AM
Michelle Choi said...

I fondly remember making Christmas cookies with my mom. I really never cared for the taste of sugar cookies, but they were always fun to decorate with her. My favorite were the snickerdoodles and peanut butter kiss cookies. I loved rolling them in the green and red sugar.

September 24, 2012 01:06 AM
jamie said...

When I wad 8 I made a pumpkin pie for my nani, it looked great till we tasted it, realized we used salt instead of sugar.

September 24, 2012 01:08 AM
Heather said...

My newest favorite memories are having my little guy and girl bake with me. They fight over whose turn it is to help, and my baby girl constantly says, “Help you?”

September 24, 2012 01:08 AM
Yuriko said...

I recently started making more cupcakes and the last time my three year old niece was here i let her help me mix the batter and decorate them. And she loved it so much that now she cant stop talking about helping me make and put sprinkles on her cupcakes!!

September 24, 2012 01:08 AM
Connie M said...

I remember making mini nut cups with my auntie around Christmas. I wasn’t a big fan of eating the nut cups, but it was fun hanging out with my auntie and making them for the family.

September 24, 2012 01:08 AM
Haley said...

Before my grandma passed away, I used to spend the weekend before Valentine’s Day at her house and we would bake treats that I would give to all of my friends as Valentines. It was always so much fun!

September 24, 2012 01:08 AM
Helen said...

I always loved baking with my mom growing up. She would always let me dump in the chocolate chips for her chocolate chip cookies or add the pecans to her fudge while she was beating away. Now I still add her pecans for her when I’m there and call her asking for recipes and tips every time I bake.

September 24, 2012 01:08 AM
Tiffany Horton said...

My favorite baking memory is making peanut butter brownies for my family so often as a kid that I had the recipe memorized and was so proud that I could whip them up anytime for them! I wish I could remember the recipe now as an adult though!

September 24, 2012 01:09 AM
Rebecca L. said...

When I was around 15 years old, I baked two birthday cakes for the month of March. One for my dad and the other for my uncle. My dad and uncle are both people who do not express themselves much but they enjoyed the cakes with smiles on their faces. They both insisted that I later become a baker.

September 24, 2012 01:09 AM
Heather S. S. said...

My family has a candy/ cookie making day during the Holiday season and we always cook way too many delicious treats while listening to Christmas music, it is soo great!! Can’t wait!

September 24, 2012 01:10 AM
Rachel said...

I am the mother of boys who are not the slightest bit interested in baking with me! My niece, however, loves to bake with me. It’s become our thing to do when we are together now as my sister isn’t a huge fan of baking. Recently my entire family celebrated my mother’s 70th birthday and my niece and I made the cake together for her party. It was so much fun making it together and then having everyone enjoy it together!

September 24, 2012 01:10 AM
Jen said...

My greatest baking memory involves my dad, who passed away when I was ten years old. We baked together frequently, and I will always fondly remember those happy times.

September 24, 2012 01:10 AM
Jen Y said...

My favorite baking memory is of my grandmother’s brownies. She made them for every holiday, wrapped them each individually & gave them generously to her grandchildren. I’ve never tasted anything so delicious!

September 24, 2012 01:11 AM
Kirsten Mace said...

baking the first pie with my husband… spilled it all over the oven, so you cant really call it baking but it was a fun attempt!

September 24, 2012 01:11 AM
Diane said...

Every year driving to my Grandma’s house in the country through the fog to make candy to give out as gifts at Christmas time.

September 24, 2012 01:12 AM
Natalie said...

My favorite memory is helping my mom make buckeyes every Christmas and then eating them until I am sick…. everyone in my family loves them but my mom will only make them during the holidays!

September 24, 2012 01:12 AM
Carrie said...

I grew up making candy cane cookies with my mom and have continued that tradition with my kids. The best part is that now I can sneak some dough and I’m the mom so if I get caught, it’s ok!

September 24, 2012 01:12 AM
Mary said...

my favorite memory was baking with my girlfriends recently for a baby shower for a mutual best friend. we stayed up until 3am making cupcakes, cookies, a cake, macarons & brownies. nothing like quality girltime!!

September 24, 2012 01:12 AM
Jerri said...

My favorite baking memory is a somewhat recent one. My mom is a wonderful baker, and she has been baking Christmas cookies with my boys since my older son, now 9, was little. I take pictures of them each year and love that they have this special time with my mom like I did when I was growing up!

September 24, 2012 01:14 AM
Jessica Thomas said...

Every year my friends from high school and I get together and bake and decorate sugar cookies. Even though we go to different colleges now and don’t see each other, we get to relive high school for one day each year. It is always a blast!

September 24, 2012 01:14 AM
Alisha said...

My mom and I always baked cookies together, every holiday seasons. My favorite were candy cane cookies. As a kid, I never knew that my mom actually didn’t like making them because they were too labor intensive. Every time she’d ask what cookies I wanted to make, that was always my first choice. She always made them with me! Now, 20 years later, when she comes to visit, we work together in the kitchen like no time has passed at all!

September 24, 2012 01:16 AM
Kiki Williams said...

Getting together with my great-grandmother, grandmother & mom to make all our Christmas cookies for the gifts baskets for family& friends. Even though my great-grandmother isn’t here any more, we still carry on this tradition. The smells and flavors remind us of great memories while we’re making new ones with the next generation.

September 24, 2012 01:16 AM
Rebecca @ Sink Or Swim said...

Rolling pie crust with my grandmother and helping her peel apples for her apple pies. Its started a lifelong need to have apple pie at every holiday!

September 24, 2012 01:16 AM
Debbie said...

Mine would be baking Rohlicki Horn cookies with my grandmother (dad’s mom) at Christmas. She came to live with us when I was in 5th grade and I helped her every year. Grinding pecans, her mixing the dough the day before. She’d roll out the dough and I’d help her fill and roll the cookies.

Years later, after she was gone, my dad would complain that she never shared her recipe. She didn’t give it out…but I have her original handwritten recipe now. The challenge is converting the recipe to today’s terms. I know double cream is usually whipping cream, so the single cream in her recipe should be half & half or something similar. But I know she used sour cream. Hmmm…I’m thinking I’m going to have to make them this year.

September 24, 2012 01:16 AM
Michelle P said...

I love to bake, so I have lots of memories, but my favorite one would be making sugar cookies every christmas with my mom. I loved getting out all of our cookie cutter each year to make reindeer and snowmen, angels and trees. Its a tradition i look forward to every year.

September 24, 2012 01:17 AM
Billie said...

My favorite memory is actually pretty awful and funny! I spent hours when I was about 8 making an elaborate gingerbread house (even baking the house from scratch). We left to go shopping and came back to a few crumbs of the entire thing on the table. My cute little terrier had eaten the entire thing:). I should have been upset but all we could do was laugh.
My boys and I now make a house each year. Haven’t made the same mistake of leaving any of them out with the animals!

September 24, 2012 01:18 AM
Sarah said...

I love night baking with my cousins. Just recently we made the best brownies ever (made with olive oil and soy milk) because they noticed i was feeling sad

September 24, 2012 01:19 AM
Heffalump said...

Every year our family would celebrate Christmas Eve with my Dad’s side of the family. Christmas Eve Day my siblings and all my cousins on that side of the family would get together and make sugar cookies for that night. We decorated the raw cut out shapes with food coloring that we painted on with Q-tips. Then the cookies were baked and we ate them that evening. They were a bit on the dry side with no frosting, but we loved being able to be creative making them, and boy was there a lot of colorful mouths after eating them!

September 24, 2012 01:19 AM
Annie said...

My favorite baking memory would definitely be making Christmas cookies with my mother. We would bake huge amounts and give them to everyone from the milkman to my grade school teacher. The giving was as fun and exciting as the baking :)

September 24, 2012 01:20 AM
Sharon T said...

My favorite baking memories are shared with my daughter. From the time she had to stand on a chair to now that she is teaching her own daughter, the memories are priceless!

September 24, 2012 01:21 AM
Chelsea A said...

I remember receiving the CareBears Cookbook for a young birthday years and years (and years) ago. I was too young to know what all the measurements were, but old enough to bake on my own. Long story short, I was making thumbprint jam cookies and it called for a tablespoon of something. Well, I was 8 or 9, so I went to the drawer, grabbed the spoon we used at the table, and carried on. Luckily, they turned out okay. Thus began my love affair with baking. And fudging the measurements here and there.

Thanks for an amazing giveaway (yet again!).

September 24, 2012 01:22 AM
Nicole Marie said...

My favorite baking memory was baking my grandpa’s favorite cake for him with my grandma one year. chocolate chip date cake. and I loved seeing his face when he came in from outside working.

September 24, 2012 01:22 AM
Toni said...

My favorite baking memories are with my girls. With the oldest I started putting an old tablecloth on the floor with a toy tray when she could first sit up. I covered it with cupcakes, different colored Frostings, and tons of sprinkles and played and decorated with her for hours. The youngest, when she was 3, stayed up to help me make her favorite cookies when she was sick. I let her sleep in the living room that night, and I woke up to her crying. Sometime in the middle of the night she started feeling better and had helped herself to the cookies left in a bag on the table. Poor little thing had climbed up there, ate all the cookies in the bag, and couldn’t figure out how to get down!! Poor baby. Chocolate all over her face, crumbs all over as evidence at the scene of a cookie napping, and her outstretched hands reaching to me with a smile and tears still rolling. I ubersexual been baking with their help ever since. They have a love for baking just as I did at their age. :)

September 24, 2012 01:23 AM
Claudia Rivera said...

I do not have childhood baking memories, but I am creating baking memories for my children who love to help me bake.

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

My favorite baking memory is my grandma letting me help make the Christmas cookies and lick the bowl when I was a little girl.

September 24, 2012 01:24 AM
Nikki Gonzalez said...

I remember recently teaching my 2 year old daughter the fun in baking. It was a terrible mess but well worth it. She even learned what “mixing” was and now everytime she sees me mixing up another recipe she wants to help mix ingredients together, but her favorite part is cracking the eggs! Im glad I got to have that moment with her so early in her life.

September 24, 2012 01:25 AM
Annie E said...

My favorite baking memory was when my Mom taught me how to make my favorite pie – lemon meringue. I make just a few a year but I can still picture the day she taught me.

September 24, 2012 01:25 AM
Jeannette S said...

My favorite baking memory would have to be during thanksgiving, when my family all comes and we bake about 30 pies. It takes almost a whole day and then on thanksgiving all the boys in the family eat a whole pie themselves.

September 24, 2012 01:26 AM
Nikita Holsinger said...

My favorite baking memory has to be baking with my dad. I always loved baking fresh gingerbread to make adorable little houses to give to my friends!

September 24, 2012 01:26 AM
Evelyn said...

My mom used to make cookies with me and my sisters, and just cookie cutters to spell out our names in cookies.

September 24, 2012 01:27 AM
Meredith B said...

I used to make homemade applesauce with my grandmother when I was a child. We’d spend all day, washing, peeling, and chopping apples. I’ll always remember the way she sang as we did this…. It was a lot of work, but a ton of fun!

September 24, 2012 01:28 AM
debbie said...

i used to help my mom w/ blueberry muffins (her favorite) for saturday morning breakfast. my earliest memory is when i was in elementary school – we’d make rice krispie treats & chocolate cupcakes for my school’s bakesale!

September 24, 2012 01:28 AM
steff said...

baking christmas cookies with my mom!

September 24, 2012 01:29 AM
Rochelle said...

I have many fond memories baking with my mom and my sister. We made small cherry pies using freshly picked cherries from our aunt and uncle’s tree, and rolled sugar cookies using the same recipe every Christmas.

September 24, 2012 01:29 AM
Jessica said...

Every year around Christmas time, my Mom and I set out to bake all of our favorite treats for all of our favorite people. This by far is the best memory because I get to bake with someone I love, for the people I love, year, after year!

September 24, 2012 01:30 AM
Sarah said...

The short answer for me would be making Christmas Cookies during the holidays when I was little. The long answer would be making the cookies with my absolutely amazing late aunt Nancy (and her very Italian mother), or my grandmother, or with my own mother. I couldn’t even try to pick one of these times but they all involve cookies and they all remind me that life is short and sweet for certain!

September 24, 2012 01:32 AM
Sue-z Barnes said...

My favorite baking time is listening to my little girls bake their own special creations while in the bathtub. They are so creative!

September 24, 2012 01:32 AM
Erin said...

The first time I hosted my own Thanksgiving, I went way overboard on the baking and had piles of pie, bread, and cookies. I had no complaints from my guests, though!

September 24, 2012 01:32 AM
Kenzie said...

My favorite baking memory is making cookies with my grandmother. My grandpa’s favorite cookies are snickerdoodle, and my grandma always wanted us to help her bake them. She passed away when I was 12, but I got her love of baking and have a lot of her recipes and love to try to recreate them. Of course, nothing is as good as when she made it, but I give it my best shot. She always made everything from scratch and took pride in everything she made. Making her recipes is my way of keeping her with me.
I love this post about making pecan pies with your grandmother, and I am so glad you and your uncle have carried on her tradition.

September 24, 2012 01:33 AM
A Sweet Touch said...

My favorites baking memories are my kids birthday cakes. They are now 17 and 16, still bake a cake on their birthday. But the first at least 10 birthdays the cake was not pretty, but in my mind always was the idea of putting my love in everything I cook or bake for them specially on their special day. Love is always the best ingredient in the baking or cooking business. Now I make cakes that are really nice, but the passion my daughter put on her baking is my real pleasure. Guess she has good memories of those not so pretty cakes.

September 24, 2012 01:33 AM
Christina said...

My favorite memory is of my dad making brittle at Christmas and pouring it out over the kitchen table. Then handing each of us a small hammer to break it up with- so much fun!

September 24, 2012 01:35 AM
Kate W. said...

My favorite baking memory is actually a baking disaster that showed me just how much my boyfriend loves and encourages me. He had wanted pumpkin pie so I said I would make one. We were in our 20s at the time and I had never had pumpkin pie before; at the time I wasn’t wild about pies I always have been and still am a cake girl. I put all of the ingredients of the recipe in to individual bowls so I would not forget to add anything. I mixed everything together and poured it into some pre-made pie crusts. Once the pumpkin pies were baked (the recipe made 2) I took one of the pies to his apartment. We sat down to watch some TV and eat the pie. I took a bite and thought “this is really gross, how in the world do people like this”. I looked over to see my boyfriend eating the pie. I took another bite and said “this really isn’t good”. He said “it’s not that bad”. I took a third bite and begged him to stop eating saying “this is vial, please stop eating it.” He put his fork down after much persuasion. About a moment later my eyes bulged out and I sat straight up and blurted out “I FORGOT THE SUGAR!!!!” In my mind I could see exactly where on the counter the sugar I had measured out had been and sure enough when I had returned home it was right where I had left it. I asked my boyfriend why he had kept eating the pie when it was so bad and he said “I didn’t want to discourage you from trying to make it again.” It was one of the most disgusting things I had ever eaten and he kept eating it so I wouldn’t be discouraged. He’s not really the type to eat something that doesn’t taste good, but he loves me and is very supportive, and if eating pumpkin pie with out sugar in it didn’t convince me of it then the blueberry chicken incident sure did…but that is another cooking fiasco story for another time. I would like to say that with his encouragement I have become a darn good cook, an excellent pie maker, and I have not forgotten to put sugar in the pumpkin pie since.

September 24, 2012 01:35 AM
Tiffany Giessner said...

My favorite baking memory was making chocolate chip cookies and having to improvise on several ingredients. One batch turned out amazing but I have been unsuccessful in trying to duplicate the recipe!

September 24, 2012 01:36 AM
Kelster said...

My favourite baking memory is making Christmas fruit cakes with my mother in Jamaica. I didn’t like the fruit cakes but it wasn’t Christmas if we didn’t bake them. After the cakes were steaming away, I’d then bake a plain cake for myself.

September 24, 2012 01:36 AM
Kelli C. said...

My favorite baking memory was when my husband and I were first dating. One of the first times I met my now mother-in-law, I brought her some cookies made from my favorite recipe. He had told me repeatedly what an amazing baker and cook she was, so I really wanted to impress her. She absolutely loved them and asked me to write the recipe down for her right then and there… that’s when I knew I was “in,” when I had my man’s mother’s thumbs up ;)

September 24, 2012 01:37 AM
Maeghan M. said...

My favorite baking memories involve baking big batches of cookies and sharing them with my best friends from grad school when we weren’t sure if we were going to make it through our program. It was a hard time, but we definitely made it!

September 24, 2012 01:41 AM
Mellie said...

My mom loved to bake when we were growing up – from cookies to bundt cakes. So I think I inherited that love from her. Ever since my hubby & I have moved into our house in 2005, I’ve taken up the mantle of making some dessert for the holidays. And after being introduced to your site, Bakerella, I’m known as the cake pop girl! Can’t wait for the holiday season to start making treats!

September 24, 2012 01:42 AM
Linda J said...

Always…..Christmas cookies with mom

September 24, 2012 01:42 AM
Lindsey said...

Every year at Christmas when I was a kid we’d make magic cookie bars. To this day just the smell of chocolate and coconut baking makes me think of the holidays.

September 24, 2012 01:42 AM
Debbie said...

Every Christmas, we make a family gingerbread house. Some have been made from kits, many have been from scratch, but every year we have some sort of gingerbread house. It’s a tradition that I started with my own kids…and who knows, maybe they will carry it on when they are grown up and have their own families?

September 24, 2012 01:43 AM
Alyssa said...

One of my favorite memories is of my mother and I making press cookies for Christmas swaps with her battery-operated press that, over the years, would become more and more finicky and occasionally shoot out huge clumps of dough that vaguely resembled cookies. She taught me her recipe for the most perfect almond cookies that we rolled into balls, dipped in sugar, and stamped. They were best right out of the oven, warm and melty and oh so delicious. I’m 25 now and, even though we don’t bake nearly as many dozens of cookies as we used to, cookie-making time with my mom is still one of my most treasured special moments. It never fails to make me smile! :)

September 24, 2012 01:44 AM
Rachel said...

My best baking memories are with my dad, who isn’t much of a baker at all! Our times together usually consisted of boxed cake or brownie mixes and somehow always finding a way to mess it up then dad coming home the next day with a pie from the grocery store. So much fun but also drove me to learn to bake from scratch. Now I show up at my dads with a bunch of ingredients and he watches as I bake and we talk about old times. Love my dad so much and baking too!

September 24, 2012 01:44 AM
Haley McLain said...

My favorite baking memory is around Christmas when I make sugar cookies and decorate them with my mom each year.

September 24, 2012 01:45 AM
Laura Stoesz said...

Many baking memories but the most unforgetable was baking three pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving. The pies were left on the counter too cool and when we returned home we found that the dogs at all three pies.

September 24, 2012 01:47 AM
Jenn said...

My grandma (that has since passed) showing me how to make pie crusts. Every time I make a pie I think of her and remember that day. :)

September 24, 2012 01:48 AM
Francake said...

My love of baking comes from childhood memories. My mom would bake while we were at school. When we goT home we could smell the sweetness which she hid. We would go on a scavenger hunt through the house looking for our baked treat!

September 24, 2012 01:48 AM
Rawyah said...

Baking sugar cookies with my mother. My mother never liked sweet food but she would always help me make sugar cookies because I like them.

September 24, 2012 01:50 AM
Tammy T said...

My favorite baking memory is giving my friends a housewarming “party favor”…6 cupcakes in summer flavors–strawberry lemonade, watermelon, and red velvelt cupcakes. The reaction on their faces was priceless. :)

September 24, 2012 01:51 AM
Christina said...

My favorite baking memory is making Christmas cookies with my mom, sister, niece and daughter. We have so much fun laughing together while making a huge mess and love sharing our cookies with friends and family.

September 24, 2012 01:51 AM
Rebecca said...

Every Thanksgiving, my mom and aunt would bake a huge spread of pies – often 25-30 pies, even when we only had 15 people coming for dinner. I loved helping them and trying one slice of every kind (or as many as I could handle!).

September 24, 2012 01:51 AM
Snoopy said...

I grew up on the east coast but moved to a small town in the Midwest 20 years ago. The nearest real bakery (not in a supermarket) is at least 30 minutes away and doesn’t carry a lot of the sweets I remember, like the black & white cookie.

My husband’s grandmother found a recipe for black & white cookies published in a NY paper and sent it to me. When my sister and SIL came to visit, we spent a day in my kitchen making them. It was like being home all over again. That’s what I like about baking. It brings back the sweetest memories.

Thanks for the chance to win this mixer. The one I had belonged to my MIL before me and was a good 30 yrs. old when it finally wore out while mixing our Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. I can’t wait until I can get another one.

Snoopy :D

September 24, 2012 01:52 AM
Cari said...

Every Thanksgiving with my family, in my mom’s kitchen, are great baking memories. Half of the family is crammed into the kitchen, putting the finishing touches on the big meal. We’re dancing around each other, trying not to step on little kids and flicking little fingers that are trying to snatch olives. It’s beautiful chaos. I love every minute of it.

September 24, 2012 01:52 AM
Kellie R said...

I have fond memories of baking with my grandma when I was really young and her letting me lick the bowls. When I became a teenager, I went to live with her and our baking continued. We would bake pumpkin pies from scratch around this time every year. Now we live too far apart to have that tradition continue but the memories certainly make me smile.

September 24, 2012 01:53 AM
Jane Campanella said...

Two faves come to mind for me…helping my Mama bake a “Tunnel of Fudge” cake, and having to do it “just so”….so the fudgey center would work. The other was her showing my sister and me how to make a Genoise, beating air into the eggs and oil , by hand, to get a light, airy cake. So fun, and delicious!

September 24, 2012 01:55 AM
Mimi said...

My favorite baking memory is when I was @ 5 years old standing on a chair by the counter helping my mom punch down the dough for bread. She’s 87 now and starting to become frail but that memory is so very strong in my mind.
Thank you for the wonderful give-away – God Bless.

September 24, 2012 01:57 AM
Lexi said...

Making cookies for my baby sister, watching her munch away while its still hot still makes my heart crumble

September 24, 2012 01:58 AM
Kelly M said...

I have so many great baking memories it’s hard to pick one, but I do think of when I started baking. I was fourteen years old and a friend of mine would come over and we would bake a lot. We had a lot of mishaps, that make them more memorable but it was fun and it brought us together. My love of baking has continued from there. Now the fun is not in only the process of baking, but the joy it brings to people when you give.

September 24, 2012 01:58 AM
Gulden Bolat said...

Teaching my daughter how to make baklava and decorating cookies with my boys:) Messy but so much fun:)

September 24, 2012 01:58 AM
Tina said...

When my youngest son was about 2, his favorite activity was baking cookies with me. He would stand on a chair next to me and watch as I measurde and mixed all the ingredients, then he would “help”me by licking the beater. He’s 21 now, and still loves to come over and eat chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven.

September 24, 2012 01:59 AM
Melissa B said...

Baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my kids.

September 24, 2012 01:59 AM
Rachel said...

Baking with my dad. Dad isn’t much of a baker at all but being a single father, having two girls and super sweet tooth he gave it his best. We’d go into the kitchen with a basic boxed cake or brownie mix and somehow end up messing it up. The next day he’d always show up with a grocery store pie to make up for it. This drove me to be a baker so that I could make memories with my children some day and show my dad how he helped me discover my happiness.

September 24, 2012 01:59 AM
Elissa Dahlgren said...

AS a kid, it was always my mom and I who baked the pies for Thanksgiving. Eventually the pumpkin pie became my sole responsibility and still is to this day.

September 24, 2012 01:59 AM
Diane Wantaja said...

I do a lot of baking and taught even our sons how to bake. After one christmas baking event our son, Mark, decided he wanted to be the person who put sprinkles on for a job! That was his ultimate dream job at 4 years old! Now at 23, he’s married with a lil girl, and going to school to be a doctor.

September 24, 2012 01:59 AM
Samantha Stephenson said...

My cousin and I began a holiday baking tradition with our children 3 years ago. The kids would decorate sugar cookies for Santa and my cousin and I would stay up eating the cookies while wrapping the presents!

September 24, 2012 02:00 AM
Jennay said...

My favorite baking memory is making Pumpkin Cake Rolls with my Mom!! My fave fall dessert…so good it sticks around all through the holidays including new year’s!

September 24, 2012 02:00 AM
Ascidiella said...

Baking cookies for Santa!

September 24, 2012 02:00 AM
Sida said...

I didn’t grow up with baking parents, but the fondest memory I have is when I baked Snicker Doodles with my significant other. It was the first time I ever attempted to bake, and it was for my favorite season (Christmas).

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

I didn’t bake much with my mother growing up, but my favorite baking memories now are baking cookies with my daughter. :)

September 24, 2012 02:03 AM
Arturo said...

I totally agree with you, fall is baking time! Last year I made a sweet potato pie that turned out to be very memorable. My friends still talk about it; this KitchenAid mixer would help me make pies for all my friends! :)

September 24, 2012 02:04 AM
Kat said...

My favorite baking memory is definitely baking Christmas cookies with my mom, my sisters, and my friends over a three day period during high school. We had a huge sleepover and made over two dozen kinds of cookies for thousands and thousands of morsels, which we then divvied up and used as Christmas presents. Whenever I bake any of those cookies, I can’t help but smile. I still do Christmas cookies every year, and hopefully I’ll be able to do it for many more years to come.

September 24, 2012 02:05 AM
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