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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Good luck guys and I can’t wait to read your baking memories.


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John said...

I don’t have any baking memories, but would like to make some with a KitchenAid and gift card!

September 24, 2012 04:41 AM
Shari from Ohio said...

Baking cookies with my daughter Sarah for cookie trays I was making to sell to get extra Christmas money. We would bake into the night and have the very best talks.
Last year she couldn’t help me because she had just had baby Braxton but we both missed it so much. It didn’t seem like the holidays with the tradition we didn’t know we had started

September 24, 2012 04:53 AM
CJ said...

My favorite memory has turned into a fabulous tradition. The day my mother and I realized just how much easier trying a new recipe is when someone reads the instructions to you. I will read the recipe step by step to my mom who will follow my instructions. It is so much easier to bake a ‘never tried’ recipe when you aren’t laboring over the cookbook.

September 24, 2012 04:55 AM
Jeanne H said...

I started a tradition with a couple girlfriends to do a cookie exchange. Each of us supplied a couple doz cookies/bar cookies baked ahead of time, a new recipe and a bottle of wine. We gathered at my home and began making each of the recipes one at a time. It has grown into 6 more girlfriends and we end up with a lot of cookies, a few bottles of wine, a lot of laughs and a lot of diff cookies to share! A tradition we now look forward to each year.

September 24, 2012 04:55 AM
Donna said...

Making cookies with my granddaughters is so much fun. They all sit around my table and roll out the dough. Great experience

September 24, 2012 04:59 AM
Myra Fontes said...

My favorite baking is the week before Xmas! A group of 6-10 of us ladies get together and bake cookies from sun up to sun down. Then we decorate and package and divide the cookie platters to give out as gifts… It’s girl time and so much fun… We made over 3,000 cookies one year!!!

September 24, 2012 05:02 AM
eileenm said...

My grandmother made pumpkin pie every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I convinced her to measure everything before she mixed it, so I could recreate the recipe. It took more than one try since she would just pour milk in until it was the color she liked, and she added the spices until it tasted right.

September 24, 2012 05:08 AM
Rakiaa Koor said...

When i was young every year when my mum made birthday cakes for myself and my 2 brothers, each of us would be holding her arm which was on the hand beater, just so we could each say we baked the cake. And trully being so young, each of us really believed we made the cake, our hands would be holding her arm down from cracking the eggs, sifting the flour, to holding the beater. And voillla we were master cake chefs from the age of 4.

September 24, 2012 05:10 AM
Deanna said...

When my children were small, they helped me eveerytime I baked. Christmas was special because we did so many cookies. They are grown now and each enjoy baking and cooking because of special times spent together.

September 24, 2012 05:10 AM
Heather said...

My favorite baking memory is spending time with my mom, baking everything from cookies and cakes to caramel corn and cookies. Lots and lots of cookies! Good times!

September 24, 2012 05:11 AM
Nikki said...

My favorite baking memory is making Christmas cookies with my mom when I was little

September 24, 2012 05:11 AM
Sarah said...

Every year my grandma used to make a particular kind of fudge. It’s a chocolate fudge but has peanutbutter in it too. There’s nothing that tastes like it. As she got older she passed the recipe/method down to my dad. Some of my favorite memories are of us in the kitchen. I loved watching dad put the pre-fudge goodness in the bowl of water to see if it formed a ball. It was like this magic thing. One second batter, the next FUDGE! Of course being in the kitchen gave me the right to lick the beaters. We even had this one pot we used for fudge and no others. It was more chemistry than baking but it gave me some great times with my dad

September 24, 2012 05:12 AM
Happier Than A Pig in Mud said...

Has to be baking with my G-Mom-B! Especially a jelly roll, she’d trim all 4 of the outer edges and they became the baker’s treats. A sweet memory indeed:@)

September 24, 2012 05:12 AM
Kristin said...

My favorite baking memory is baking something special to send with my children on the first day of school.

September 24, 2012 05:16 AM
Carmen said...

The first time my sisters and I tried baking around the age of 10 as a surprise. We filled the cupcake tin too full and opened the oven to a tray of cupcake-cake.good times.

September 24, 2012 05:16 AM
Brandi said...

I loved baking Christmas cookies with my mom when I was little. She passed away, but I still make our favorite Russian teacakes in her memory.

September 24, 2012 05:18 AM
Mara G said...

One of my favorite baking memories is from last summer. Every week I was giving my boys a little baking class for fun. One week my mom joined in and we all baked challah together.

September 24, 2012 05:20 AM
Beth said...

I grew up in a big Italian family and every year my grandparents would make homemade ravioli, chicken cutlets, marinara, antipasto, and Italian bread for Christmas dinner followed by a chocolate yule log cake for dessert. As we all got a bit older and my grandfather passed away some of those traditions were harder to maintain but one year my mom and I decided to try the yule log recipe. It was a bit of a disaster and didn’t much resemble the one my grammy used to make but we had a lot of good laughs making it together and reminiscing about my grandpa singing “I’ve God A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” to us while he cooked. :-)

September 24, 2012 05:20 AM
Susan Padilla said...

My favorite baking memory would probably be when I earned to make bread with my uncleI was twelve but the aroma that filled the air that day is one I will never forget especially because he passed away soon after and now I wish I would have written down all the things he shared with me about baking it’s so important to lear from those that have experienc because they can also get passed down fron person to person, miss him butb ow baking is even more treasured and I can show my son how I do it.

September 24, 2012 05:21 AM
Erin said...

my favorite had to be the first year my son was old enough to “crack the eggs” for fall baking, and the younger girls were old enough to mess around with powdered sugar and rolling brownie balls – the looks on their faces was “oh my gosh we are SO important to have SUCH big jobs”! precious :)

September 24, 2012 05:21 AM
Ellen said...

Fighting over who licks the bowl with my sister.

September 24, 2012 05:25 AM
Joe said...

I would definitely have to say my favorite baking memories are from when I was a child, I loved baking cookies with my mom and I remember most of them were filled with some sort of jelly or jam, I loved them. I guess now that I am older I think alot about those times since I have not seen my mom in years, but having my own son now I am definitely going to spend baking time with him, he’s one year old now but as soon as he’s old enough we will be baking those jelly cookies, for sure.

September 24, 2012 05:28 AM
MaryBeth said...

My mom doesn’t bake much during the year, but at Christmas, look out. She bakes several types of cookies and bars. Each of my siblings (4 of us) and my dad have a favorite and my mom made sure the favorites were baked first. My sister and I would be in the kitchen helping and sampling. Now there are spouses and 7 grandchildren, each with a favorite, and my mom makes sure to bake all the favorites. Starting in October, my kids start talking about the holidays and constantly say “I can’t wait for Grammy’s cookie tray”. Homemade cookies, baked with love by the best mom in the world, are the absolute best!

September 24, 2012 05:29 AM
Jessica McCann said...

My favorite baking experience has been making cookies with my son! He’s 5 now and we’ve done it for a few years now. He loves decorating and eats more sprinkles than he puts on the cookies!

September 24, 2012 05:30 AM
Summer said...

My favourite baking memory was decorating cakes at my grandma’s for my family birthday parties. Ever since I was 12 she would give me free reign and all the ingredients I needed to make and decorate the cakes. Then we would carefully drive them over to my house to be devoured by my large family.

September 24, 2012 05:33 AM
Melissa said...

My favorite baking memory is my family’s wish cake. For 14 years, my daughters and I have baked a cake on January 1st and everyone gets to blow out a candle while making a wish for the new year. It started out as an impromptu activity on a day off but now is a much-anticipated holiday tradition.

September 24, 2012 05:33 AM
Courtney said...

I learned a love for baking at a young age. The memory that sticks out the most is baking sugar cookies at Halloween.

September 24, 2012 05:35 AM
Julie K said...

After completing three Wilton classes, surprising my daughter with cow print cake made from fondant for her 13th birthday. She loved it and was surprised.

September 24, 2012 05:39 AM
Anne Marie Collins said...

My favorite baking memories are seeing the joy on my daughter’s face when I hand her the beater to lick. We sure have fun baking together!

September 24, 2012 05:40 AM
Andi said...

Myfavorite memory is making cookies with my Dad. We would watvh college or pro football on the weekends. He would have his stainless steel bowl in his lap with the big wood spoon beating the butter and sugar. On commercials he would go out, add the eggs, come in for the next series of downs and beat the eggs in. It would continue until half time.

I have never been able to recreate his cookies. He use the traditional Toll House recipe. I swear it’s the hand beating in his bowl with his cookie spoon and his cookie sheets. He still has those utensils and I know they will be mine eventually but those cookies will never be the same.

September 24, 2012 05:41 AM
Tarisa said...

My favorite baking memory would be making gingerbread cookies and gingerbread houses with my family. Decorating then with mini M&M’s! Love mini M&M’s!

September 24, 2012 05:44 AM
Jen said...

One of my favorite baking memories is watching my grandmother decorate her famous wedding cakes. She’d make all of her roses on waxed paper and Id be in charge of separating them for her. Of course I’d get to eat the ones that broke. When I as married she made my wedding cake…no frosting flowers, only fresh, but just as special!

September 24, 2012 05:45 AM
L said...

My favorite baking memory involves my dad who worked in a Kimberly CLark plant for many years and did shift work BUT he always made time to make these little cookies each topped with a pecan and for the life of him he cannot remember the recipe :( I loved them & would help him bake them but Im 40 and that was 30 years ago so I dont remember either but it was a fave memory of me and Daddy

September 24, 2012 05:46 AM
Sandra Treadway said...

My favorite baking memory hasn’t happened yet lol, but it will on Oct 6th of this year! My niece is getting married & is having a pie bar instead of a wedding cake and your grandmothers pecan pie recipe will be a big part of her celebration! I started baking this recipe last year & it has become my family’s favorite! Thank you for sharing it, it is truly the BEST PECAN PIE!

September 24, 2012 05:49 AM
liz said...

Making christmas cookies, shortbreads and decorating them with tonnes of sprinkles. I also remember baking cakes with my mom and being able to lick the batter from the spatula.
Those are great memories!!

September 24, 2012 05:49 AM
Sherry107 said...

I always make frosted sugar cookies for Christmas-and the best was Martha Stewart inspired! VERY pretty cookies I must say!
Thanks for the chance to win!

September 24, 2012 05:49 AM
Bonnie M said...

My favorite baking memory was with my 5 year old grandson making peanut butter cookies with Hersey’s Kisses. I left the room for a few minutes and came back to the kitchen to findquite a few cookies missing their ‘kisses’ and my grandson covered in chocolate. He so enjoyed those cookies!

September 24, 2012 05:51 AM
Tammy said...

I spent many afternoons with my Grandmother and learned a great appreciation for Southern cooking and baking from her. When she died in 1989, I inherited her big cake mixing bowl and her hand-cranked flower sifter — white with tiny blue flowers. Both are still going strong today and I think of her every single time I used them.

September 24, 2012 05:52 AM
Marianne G. said...

My mom was a great cook, but never really enjoyed it. I’m guessing that was probably our fault – 5 kids and I’m sure we were all picky about something! But when the holiday season rolled around, she would bake cookies like there was no tomorrow!

September 24, 2012 05:52 AM
maira ornelas said...

My favorite baking memory was when me and my two year old daughter made owl cake pops and cookies for her second birthday. It was so much fun doing it that i plan on doing it every year. It was wonderful to see my baby enjoy baking and making a mess she was so proud of what we made. Thanks for giving us such wonderful ideas that we can share and make great memories of.

September 24, 2012 05:52 AM
Daisy V. said...

One of my favorite baking memories was when I had my daughters help me make cakepops for the first time. It was a bit messy but the smiles on their face made up for all the cleanin up afterwards. I hope it’s something theyt oo cherish as a childhood memory. Thank you.

September 24, 2012 05:53 AM
Alicia said...

i grew up with a jewish father and christmas celebrating mother. over the years, good old jewish dad became the best christmas cookie baker in town! i relish getting the e-mail for the year asking what cookies we want this year and any new recipes that he has found.

September 24, 2012 05:54 AM
Kristin N said...

Every fall I would make Derby pies and bourbon balls ith my mother. We would give them to all the nieghbors.

September 24, 2012 05:55 AM
Brandi Chavez said...

I have so many favorites but I think I really started enjoying baking more when my kids started wanting to be involved in making their birthday cakes. The first time my daughter made her own birthday cake all by herself was awesome!

September 24, 2012 05:56 AM
Edythe said...

I have alwyas made my daughter unusal birthday cakes and now I am just loving ceating birthday memeories for my grandchilren now too.

September 24, 2012 05:57 AM
Jen said...

My favorite baking memories have been made as an adult. I love baking Christmas cookies with my daughter every year. She has been decorating them since she was a one-year-old and we both look forward to this every year.

September 24, 2012 05:57 AM
Stephanie F said...

My favorite baking memory is experimenting with pie crust techniques every year! I don’t bake pies often (only around thanksgiving) so when I do I like to try new methods for getting the perfect crust. I’ll never forget some of the “flops” which turned into great memories!

September 24, 2012 06:04 AM
Shannon Thomas said...

Making Christmas cookies with my mom was my favorite baking time. She still makes them every year!!

September 24, 2012 06:04 AM
Linda Lowry said...

For my birthday this summer, my son and I made a cake that looked like a giant peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He’s left for college now, but we’re still talking about that cake!!

September 24, 2012 06:06 AM
Sue P said...

Baking Christmas Cookies with my mom, who at 81 is still baking cookies and cakes. Her baking collection is massive :) She is an awesome woman!

September 24, 2012 06:06 AM
Erin W said...

Now that I have my own family, my favorite memories are with them. Both my 3.5 and 1.5 year old love to get in the kitchen with me. They have their little steps stools and must have their own aprons. I love having them in there with me.

September 24, 2012 06:06 AM
Doreen Comito said...

At Christmas every year I make batch after batch of cookies,candy,and cakes. I start making cookies in October . When my children were young we would make the cookies together. Now they are grow andI have four grandsons. My oldest ,Christopher has helped me make cookies. last year I made 38 different kinds of cookies and I send baskets full of cookies to my family and friends.I love making my holiday treats.It makes me feel so good to make them happy.

September 24, 2012 06:07 AM
Sarah said...

A favorite baking memory of mine resulted in black biscuits. My grandmother wasn’t a huge baker but she would make biscuits–canned–for every family dinner to go with the Kraft Mac and cheese baked with slices of American cheese on top. But EVERY SINGLE TIME, she’d char the bottom of the biscuits until they were black. There was never a meal where you didn’t have to pull the top off the biscuits and leave the bottom! Luckily since they were canned the flaky layers helped separate edible from non edible!

September 24, 2012 06:07 AM
Cindy said...

My favorite baking memories are baking Christmas cookies with my mom and then with my own children.

September 24, 2012 06:09 AM
Peggy Fisher said...

Christmas cookies. I have a large family and my daughters and I make cookies. But when it comes time to wrap the plates, the boys pitch in. We make set up tables to walk around and fill the plates. The plates last year came from Goodwill and Habitat. We spent the fall searching for Christmas theme china. Finally when it is all together, Dad and the kids deliver the cookies over a few nights. It is a happy, happy time!

September 24, 2012 06:11 AM
Angela Hua said...

One of my favorite baking memories would include making the Chocolate Crackle Cookies from this website! As an attempt to help cheer her up, I made these cookies for the first time with my friend Gina who was going through a rough break up. I think we accidentally used a lot more sugar than intended (both in the cookie mix AND rolling the balls in a crap-ton of the powdered & regular sugar… hahaha). Having the ultra sweet tooth, I did not have any trouble devouring these chocolately cookies. Not being as an extreme sweets-lover, Gina took exactly half an hour to finish one cookie. :-D

September 24, 2012 06:12 AM
Paige Krekeler said...

My parents didn’t cook or bake but my grandma sure did. I’d go stay with her during the summer and we would bake a cake every week.
I loved how she taught me the basics of taking the cake out of the pan and spreading the icing so that each part gets some.
Naturally my favorite part was eating the cake. ;)

September 24, 2012 06:14 AM
Andrea said...

My grandmother, mother, sister, and I would all make lady locks (otherwise known as lady fingers) every year. Obviously, we couldnt just make the regular ones. We had a relative forge us some metal tubes for MINI ones. It took the entire day, but we always made enough to last for a year and to give away.

September 24, 2012 06:16 AM
Traci Faircloth said...

My favorite memory would most likely be making Christmas cookies with my grandmother. My sister and I would help her make the sugar cookie dough, roll it out, and cut it. I’ll never forget all the icing and sprinkles!! I think that is one of the things that helped my love for baking grow. <3

September 24, 2012 06:16 AM
Paulette said...

Hands down, me and my mother making sugar cookies for Christmas. I can still smell them baking, the rush of sweet sugar and vanilla slowly attacking my sense of smell with each breathe I would take. But not only the aroma of mom’s cookies, the happiness she gave me just being with her and learning how to bake. My mom was a wonderful baker and now she is in a nursing home, oh how I wish I could just be back in her kitchen with her just one more time. That favorite memory is the one I cherish the most. Paulette

September 24, 2012 06:17 AM
Whitney said...

My favorite memory is helping my Dad bake Snickerdoodle cookies. I loved rolling the dough in cinnamon & sugar!

September 24, 2012 06:17 AM
Bev A said...

When my kids were in school, we would bake Lemon Poppyseed Bread for their teachers Christmas gifts. I started out with lots of help, but they always seemed to find something more fun to do and I would end up finishing by myself. But, I enjoyed every minute!

September 24, 2012 06:18 AM
Marilyn said...

My favorite is finally getting a grandson that loves to bake. I had visions of baking with my granddaughters but I only got grandsons. The first 1 had no interest at all in baking. The second one would have but he lived over a thousand miles away. But the third one came to us with the love of baking. We baked and baked. I even made him a ‘cooking’ stool. So he could reach the cabinet. He loves gadgets and has to try out all of mine.

September 24, 2012 06:18 AM
Kate W. said...

What a beautiful story….My favorite baking memories happen every tiime I am in the kitchen with my mom

September 24, 2012 06:20 AM
Leanna R said...

Maybe this isn’t my favorite memory but when I was about 14, I made a pound cake and walked into the living room to present it to my mother and brothers. I tripped and the loaf went flying. Everyone laughed and said it must weigh wayyyyyy more than a pound.

September 24, 2012 06:20 AM
Mary S. said...

We call it Plum Pudding but it is actually called Thanksgiving pudding. It is a real old recipe from my husband’s grandmother. Very traditional to have every Thanksgiving and Christmas.

September 24, 2012 06:20 AM
becky w. said...

One of my favorite memories is icing Christmas cutout cookies with my mom and older sister. My mom made all kinds of cookies, but my perennial favorite is her cutouts.

September 24, 2012 06:20 AM
Cat R said...

I remember my papa was the baker in the family growing up. He made the most amazing pies and mousse. The family pie favorite was apple pie. Since I was always eager to help, my papa bought an apple peeler so that my job was to peel and core apples for the pies. I was a happy little girl watching my papa work his magic on the pies and I had a very important job. I loved that he allowed me to work with him and to watch him do what he loved to do best. My papa has been gone for a decade now, but the one thing I’ll always remember about him are his pies and me being the apple peeler.

September 24, 2012 06:20 AM
Stephanie said...

I just started this baking tradition within the last four years….I bake homemade gingerbread house for my kids and nieces to decorate in Nov. The smell throughout the house is amazing! I have enjoyed seeing their creativity blossom from year to year. They have so much fun eating candy and decorating the houses. I love the laughter that fills the house. Priceless moments.

September 24, 2012 06:22 AM
Kim said...

On Christmas Eve, we would always go to my grandparents’ house for dinner. Grandma would have spent weeks baking different desserts, but I remember she made a shortbread bar with chocolate and nuts. Delicious!

September 24, 2012 06:22 AM
Lori Fountain said...

My sister is twelve years older than me, and every year when I was young we’d spend the day together making batches and batches of Christmas cookies. It wasn’t like we didn’t see each other often anyway, but there was something very special and lovely about baking hundreds of Christmas cookies for friends and family!

September 24, 2012 06:22 AM
Kristin Bailey said...

I loved baking with my mom when I was little. It was always fun to have your own little pretzel or cookie to make.

September 24, 2012 06:22 AM
Tressa Hennessee said...

I always remember my mom, aunt, and grandmother (Nanny) coming together with cookie sheets, chocolate chips, and bags of sugar to bake Christmas cookies in Nanny’s kitchen. This was an annual tradition that everyone in the family looked forward to.

September 24, 2012 06:22 AM
aliza said...

I always loved baking challah bread with my mother

September 24, 2012 06:23 AM
Beth said...

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, my mom and I get up early to cook a ridiculously large meal for family. Inevitably, there are at least three pies, homemade rolls, one or more cakes…did I mention there are only four of us? We enjoy each other’s company, take our time, drink mimosas, and each put a lot of love into each dish.

September 24, 2012 06:24 AM
Nancy Drew said...

My Mom would make the best elephant ears at Christmas time. They were crispy and buttery. I make them but of course they don’t taste as good as Mom’s.

September 24, 2012 06:24 AM
brocha said...

My mother made plain biscotti called mandelbroit every time we went to visit my grandmother, and I remember begging her for some before we went but she would only let us eat the corners and they were DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!

September 24, 2012 06:24 AM
LaDonna S. said...

I have just began a baking tradition with my nice who lost her mother 4 years ago. Whenever I tell her that I’m baking cupcakes, she’s my handy assistant right there in the kitchen. The time we spend creating “handheld joy” are the most precious moments.

September 24, 2012 06:24 AM
Lori Ann Maier said...

Favorite memories are the goodies my Mom baked and still creates today…I learned to make wonderful homemade cinnamon rolls from her. Now my daughter has started making them too. The generations of baking continues!

September 24, 2012 06:25 AM
chan said...

my mother used to make homemade pretzels on Saturday nights for me and my sisters

September 24, 2012 06:25 AM
sori said...

I always loved her chocolate cake with the thick chocolate frosting layer she had on top, my sisters and I would fight over who gets to lick the bowl, it was so good.

September 24, 2012 06:26 AM
Debra Brungardt said...

We would make 3 or 4 kinds of cookies each Christmas. Every Geary we had to come up with 1 variation on 1 of he recipes then make it also.

September 24, 2012 06:27 AM
Melissa Poling said...

I remember the first time my mom ever let my sister and me make cookies all by ourselves (in *her* KitchenAid stand-mixer, no less!). We were making chocolate chip cookies, and when we added the dry ingredients- POOF! There was flour everywhere! Our hair, the cabinets, the outside of the mixer, the FLOOR! What a mess! She was mad at first, but we all laughed and cleaned it up together. Surprisingly, Mom still let us bake after that, and her confidence in us has translated into a love of baking. I still love me some chocolate chip cookies, but I love making candies, flourless chocolate tortes, puddings (from scratch!); I’ll try almost anything at least once! I only hope I can be as gracious with my daughter when she starts experimenting in the kitchen. (She’s 4 now, so I’m sure it won’t be long, LOL!) Thank you so much for this opportunity, and for letting us all share our fun memories!

September 24, 2012 06:27 AM
Jaclyn F. said...

My favorite baking memory is when my Mama would bake her cakes, she’d let me bake along with her. I would make itty bitty cakes and then “decorate” them along side her. Ironically, baking a cake is my least favorite item to bake now.

September 24, 2012 06:27 AM
Ashley C. said...

Every year, growing up, my mom and I would bake and decorate sugar cookies using my great grandmother’s recipe. We’d make them pretty with icing and colored sugars. They never lasted long, though! Our house full of boys ate them as fast as we could decorate them … but it was fun to spend that time together. And its a tradition that I plan to pass on to my daughter this year, now that she’s old enough to help out in the kitchen [she's three!]

September 24, 2012 06:30 AM
KatzeKatha said...

My favourite baking memory is when I used to make “Plätzchen” (Christmas biscuits) with my nan when I was a child! Always used to decorate them with a million sugarsprinkles :)

September 24, 2012 06:31 AM
Sharon Hobart said...

I loved the older ladies at church during the Christmas season because they would bake hundreds of cookies each for the cookie bizarre. All the almond flavoring and sprinkles I could eat!! Yummm :)

September 24, 2012 06:31 AM
Sarah Morgan said...

My favorite baking memory is every Thanksgiving all the women in my family compete in pie making to see who can make the best pie. This brings all of us together & is something we have done for years. I look forward to it every Fall! :)

September 24, 2012 06:31 AM
Lisa said...

my favorite baking memory is making breakfast cookies with my mother. there was something magical about cookies for breakfast and spending that rare time with my mom, just her and me

September 24, 2012 06:31 AM
Dalia said...

my favorite baking memories is with my mom and my sister every december making cookies for my friends and family.

September 24, 2012 06:31 AM
Mikaela said...

My favorite memory was when I was about 16 or so when I fell in love with baking. My mom didn’t bake and I was learning how to cook. I decided I wanted to make some chocolate and raspberry eclairs…pretty ambitious…but I used a recipe I found in my betty Crocker cookbook and used berries from our garden….it came out great and all my family and friends just raved. I became the family dessert maker for all functions after that. Now I’m passing that love on to my 8yr old son, who loves to help me bake :-)

September 24, 2012 06:32 AM
Carolyn said...

Christmas cookies with the kiddos. So much fun!

September 24, 2012 06:34 AM
HollySharp said...

Every year right before Christmas my mom & I would spend a whole day baking different types of Christmas cookies. I would always eat so much raw sugar cookie dough that I would get a tummyache, but it was always worth it! We have continued this tradition now (minus the tummyache), just switching back and forth between our houses.

September 24, 2012 06:35 AM
Kelley said...

Baking many different kinds of Christmas cookies with my Mom and sister in advance of my 3 brothers coming home for Christmas.

September 24, 2012 06:35 AM
Diane E said...

My mother used to bake us brownies once a week for an after school treat. She would always use the Jiffy Brownie Mix and would frost them with the Jiffy Chocolate Frosting mix. I don’t think they make either of those any more. I just remember those were the best brownies. My Mom is no longer with us. I miss her and those brownies. Thank you for the nice memory!

September 24, 2012 06:36 AM
Ana said...

My favorite baking memory is making chocolate chip cookies with my gram. She was so patient with me and allowed me to participate fully every time. She’s still alive but suffers from dementia now that has really changed her personality. I do miss my old gram very much.

September 24, 2012 06:36 AM
Amna Harb said...

It’s tradition in my family to bake a special kind of cookie. The dough mixed with some spices, shaped like a doughnut, and filled with dates.. It’s so yummy and part of my culture too :)

September 24, 2012 06:38 AM
Macey said...

That is so adorable. We were a little more simple, but we could make some delicious chocolate chip cookies.

September 24, 2012 06:38 AM
Heidi McC said...

So many memories! I love to bake. Seeing people’s faces light up when I give them a Christmas plate full of wonderful baked goodies.

September 24, 2012 06:38 AM
Lindsay said...

My great Grandma Keller made the most delicious raisin filled cookies. Unfortunately, I didn’t really appreciate the grown up flavor as a small child. I ate all the filling out of the cookie and then I threw the rest in the bushes near the kitchen door. Recently I found a hand written copy of her cookie recipe, a real treasure.

September 24, 2012 06:41 AM
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