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.

You could be the lucky baker to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer and a Williams-Sonoma Gift Card.


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  • Giveaway runs from September 24, 2012 at 12:00 am ET through October 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm ET. Sorry, Time’s Up! Winner will be announced this week.
  • One entry per person. You must live in the U.S. for this one (I’m sorry my international friends) and be 18 or over, too to be eligible to win.
  • To enter for a chance to win the mixer and gift card, just leave a comment on the website and share your favorite baking memory. And if you don’t have one yet, the giveaway lasts long enough for you to bake one. : )
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced during the week of October 8th in a follow up post here on the site.
  • Note that it may take a few minutes for your comment to display.

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


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Megan said...

This brings up so many memories, but my favorite has to be the time my grandmother showed me how to make tiramisu from scratch. Like everything, she made it look so effortless, chatting about ingredients & measurements being very organic. I wish for recipe purposes that I had written it down, but I had such a nice time with her then, I can’t blame myself for just enjoying the moment :)

September 30, 2012 12:27 PM
Carolyn Ives said...

My mother loved to bake pies with us when we were kids.

September 30, 2012 12:33 PM
Beth Khoundara said...

Every year, my mom, her sister, and their children get together for a day of holiday baking/candy making. We each choose a different item to make, and bring the ingredients with us to the party. Then we turn on the Christmas music, and have a great day creating yummy Christmas treats for our friends and family! We have made many wonderful memories this way. Thanks for the giveaway! ;)

September 30, 2012 12:34 PM
Sharon Nelson said...

Making Christmas cookies and exchanging with the neighbors.

September 30, 2012 12:35 PM
Connie Lane said...

My favorite memory is baking chocolate chip cookies with my mother and then eating one while still warm from the oven.

September 30, 2012 12:44 PM
Jane said...

Making the same cookies every year with Mom and my sister was a highlight of the holiday season. Packaging and sharing was important. And, the best part, Mom froze some of each kind that we could break out months later!

September 30, 2012 12:52 PM
Roberta Adams said...

I love baking with nestle morsels and I even snack on them.

September 30, 2012 12:56 PM
Linda D. said...

I like to remember frosting Christmas cookies with my 3 boys..when they were little. (3-5 years old) I would bake the cookies and make the frosting and then completely cover my kitchen table with a roll of paper. I had the boys totally strip down to their shorts and then let them have at it frosting all the cookies…frosting and sprinkles everywhere…some of the frosting actually landed on the cookies!!!!

September 30, 2012 01:03 PM
Nancy M. said...

Baking cookies with my Aunt B and having the 15 or 20 different vaeities to box up for all the relatives is a grand memory I have of the holidays.

September 30, 2012 01:05 PM
John S said...

It was just the very best

September 30, 2012 01:06 PM
Betty said...

My sister and I once spent the entire afternoon making the perfect flan. We though we’d fail miserably because we were blindly following youtube videos without preparation. Imagine our surprise when they turned out perfectly! Made my day! It’s definitely the little thingsI love, like unexpected baking victories.

September 30, 2012 01:11 PM
Patsy said...

My Grandmother was the best baker. Problem was, she didn’t use any written recipes. Everything was in her head, so even if you asked her for a recipe, you got a lot of measurements along the lines of “some of X, about a quarter size of Y”. She would make peach blossoms for us to bring to school on our birthday. Of course, we referred to them as peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses!

September 30, 2012 01:12 PM
Peter said...

Great baking associations for me are all the aromas and tastes my wife has created over the years.

September 30, 2012 01:20 PM
Mary E. Pancake said...

My mom made her own pie crusts and baked at least 8 pies at a time for our family of 10

September 30, 2012 01:21 PM
Carol A said...

I remember waking up to my NOW favorite memory. When my children were 5 and 3, my daughter decided to make a birthday cake for me before I woke up so she and my son went to work. When I walked into the kitchen I had a new 5 lb. bag of flour and one of sugar all over my counters and stove and floors. After cleaning this up we made a very good birthday cake together.

September 30, 2012 01:24 PM
Christina said...

My favorite baking memories involve my grandma helping me with my 4H baking projects.

September 30, 2012 01:25 PM
Safiya said...

The 1st time I baked anything was chocolate chip cookies. I had a craving for moist warm cookies. I thought let’s try it from scratch! There a love of baking was born! Hidden all that time was an undiscovered talent, one that fills me with immense joy. Thanks Bakerella for always being an inspiration in every way!!

September 30, 2012 01:26 PM
Neva said...

My favorite memories of baking are with my sister. We didn’t always get along well, but as we got older and discovered shared interests, including baking, we grew closer and closer. Now she is my best friend

September 30, 2012 01:28 PM
marlene burkett said...

looks yummy

September 30, 2012 01:33 PM
Michael said...

Making christmas cookies and candy with my aunt Sandi. Always a tummy ache at the end of the day but oh so fun!

September 30, 2012 01:41 PM
James Machado said...

My favorite memories is baking christmas cookies and deserts with both my grandmother and mother. It is childhood memory that remains today when I bake on my own.

I noticed this website has some the best photos of bakery items. Makes me extra hungry to eat some these delicious recipes displayed here! mmmm….goood!

September 30, 2012 01:43 PM
Amber Sadie said...

My favorite holiday baking memory is the first year with my son. I stayed up all night making citrus sugar cookies and yellow cake pops with white frosting and Christmas sprinkles, and then the next morning I got to wake up super early with my little man and his dad and watch him try these things for the first time. It was awesome. This year he’s going to help me make and decorate the cookie. I’m so excited!

September 30, 2012 01:50 PM
Pam L. said...

Like many, my favorite baking memory comes from my grandmother, a sweet, gentle woman who was a ninja at every single homemaking skill imaginable.
She tried many times to teach me how to make homemade pie crust, it looked so easy when she did it. She would show me step by step, then patiently take over when I messed it up. Her three main specialties were pecan, rhubarb and apple pies, but the one we always worked on was apple. We had enough for a double crust pie and made maryjanes with the leftover dough. No wasting a crumb in grandma’s house. When I made pie with grandma it was a mouthwatering treat, when I made it alone it was soup.

September 30, 2012 01:57 PM
Claire said...

My favorite baking memory is all the times that I made cookies with my mom on rainy days! For some reason, she was always able to make great cookies. Now I try it without her sometimes and they always turn out flat or crumbly or something is wrong with them!! lol.

September 30, 2012 02:00 PM
Donna said...

My memorable was baking 8 different holiday cookies and desserts and packaging it for my friends and family. It was a lot of work! I got raves for my baklava. :)

September 30, 2012 02:00 PM
pebbles said...

my best baking memory is from baking with my best friend and my grandmother in my mother’s kitchen. we were making chocolate cupcakes. twelve cupcakes were baking while the rest of the batter sat in a bowl, waiting to be poured. i was 8 at the time. i asked grandma what we should do with the rest of the batter and she said to go ahead an eat it. so my best friend and i did just that. it was delicious and we had chocolate all over our faces. i still eat right out of the bowl and now i let my 5 year old do the same. grandma passed away this year, thanks for being amazing!

September 30, 2012 02:06 PM
carroll williams said...

I used to love it when I baked cupcakes. Mom and I would go to the store and I got to choose the color for the papers, frosting and food coloring. Also, I got to choose sprinkles,and other toppings. When I took them out of the oven I could hardly wait to start decorating them.

September 30, 2012 02:15 PM
Bob Edland said...

Pecan Pies are my favorite. Good recipe!

September 30, 2012 02:26 PM
Odell Bondurant said...

Nice Prize

September 30, 2012 02:32 PM
Jennifer said...

Love your site – can’t wait to make your mini pecan pies! My mom had an amazing rolled sugar cookie recipe and we made these pumpkins at Halloween with adorable chocolate chip mouths and eyes. At Christmas, we made bells, stars, Christmas trees and stockings. Great memories!

September 30, 2012 02:34 PM
Heather said...

My family always marked special occasions by baking. Mymother always celebratedher birthday with homemade pineapple upide down cake; my sister,devils food, my brother, carrot cake. But I agree that probably the best memories come from baking Christmas cookies. We’d start the day after Thanksgiving and stop the day before Christams eve (Christmas eve eve?) Funny how such a homey ritual can carry such meaning. And frankly no cookie ever tastes as good as a homemade christams cookie.

September 30, 2012 02:47 PM
Jean Evans said...

My favorite memory is making cookies with my Mom. We would bake for a whole weekend and then put them in ice cream pails in the freezer. The when friends came over we would make cookie platters. I still carry on the tradition in her memory.

September 30, 2012 02:58 PM
brandi mulligan said...

Those look like fun, my 8 year old and I will try those out for her birthday!

September 30, 2012 03:07 PM
emily said...

My baking memories are all of baking with my sister. She is a wonderful cook – and always willing to create wonderfully complicated desserts that I never make time for (with 2 small children underfoot!!) when she is not around!!

September 30, 2012 03:11 PM
Timothy Helmer said...

When i was just a little boy i tried to make browmies! I did’nt get the directions right and instead of adding a teaspoon of salt, I added a “TABLESPOON” I was looking so forward to enjoying the first bite !

September 30, 2012 03:17 PM
Kelly Taylor said...

My kids and I love to make a holiday treat every year–the Chex company calls them ‘Muddy Buddies’ but we affectionately refer to it as “reindeer poop.” Just makes it more fun to eat when you can call it by a funny name–lol. It definitely gets my 9-year-old and 6-six-year-old super engaged!!

September 30, 2012 03:18 PM
lirpa said...

When my mom would bake cherry pies, she would give my sister and I the scraps from her crust and we would make our own mini pies using a few leftover cherries from the cans! So sweet and fun!

September 30, 2012 03:20 PM
Deborah Hall said...

The best!

September 30, 2012 03:26 PM
Natalie Thomas said...

My favorite baking memory was when I was first learning to bake. I was probably in 3rd grade. I made brownies and put them in the oven, not realizing that previous user of the oven had set it to BROIL. The brownies were BLACK on top. My dad being the great guy he is ate them anyways. It makes me smile just thinking about it….

September 30, 2012 03:26 PM
David Lester said...

My Mom always made Nestle’s Toll House cookies with their chips. I have not found a better recipe though, I tried. It’s the original that’s for me and my favorite memory. It reminds me of home when I was a kid.

September 30, 2012 03:32 PM
Christy Martin said...

Love this time of the year it gets me in the baking mood and boy would this be an awesome prize to win!!!

September 30, 2012 03:33 PM
Marcy Rigney said...

I love baking Christmas cookies every year. Many happy memories.

September 30, 2012 03:34 PM
Tanya S. said...

I look forward every year to the Christmas holiday. I have a tradition of instead of buying Christmas presents for most of my family and friends, I spend the time/money making homemade goodies like cookies. After seeing this website and all the great ideas, I have some new ideas I can’t wait to try for my family.

September 30, 2012 03:37 PM
Holly said...

Every year with my daughter I make the cut out Christmas sugar cookies and mix up every color of frosting imaginable and spend hours and hours decorating, usually a total of 2 days. Every year when I am done I swear I am NEVER doing it again. But every year we must forget about the last year and we pull everything out and start over!

September 30, 2012 03:39 PM
adriana said...

This is certainly one of my funniest baking memories. I don’t remember what we were making, but it required the use of a blender. We added the ingredients and when we pressed the button to puree, we found out the hard way that somehow the lid had not been put on completely. I guess the ceiling needs a cleaning once a decade!

September 30, 2012 03:39 PM
Dominique55 said...

Living in Germany many years ago, each Christmas my native German neighbor & I would bake cookies together. We would each bake native German & typical U.S. cookies & then share each with our families. It made for a very interesting and tasty Christmas.

September 30, 2012 03:39 PM
Laura Garmendia said...

Those pecan pies look wonderful. MY sister makes one every holiday season now,.

September 30, 2012 03:44 PM
Mary Whitescarver said...

My favorite baking moment(s) are when my youngest was very little 2 or 3 years old, he would bake with me all the time. This is how we would teach him counting and math. He would do all the measuring and he was so precise in his measuring it was very cute. I will always treasure those moments, he is now 16 and while he still bakes once in a while he enjoys eating my baking more than he likes to bake now.

September 30, 2012 03:53 PM
Erin K said...

Baking and packaging holiday treats with my husband to send to family and friends. We made the Christmas tree pops which he meticulously decorated himself :)

September 30, 2012 04:00 PM
Emily S said...

Watching and “helping” my Mom make granola!!

September 30, 2012 04:05 PM
Mchele said...

My favorite baking memory is when I made a cake every Sunday with my Mother. It seems to me that we always made chocolate cake, but that’s okay because I love chocolate. Love your blog!

September 30, 2012 04:08 PM
Curtis Prescott said...

Baking Christmas cookies with Nana.

September 30, 2012 04:10 PM
mary anderson said...

I always remember making refridgerator cookies with Granny. Since she has been gone we have’nt been able to redupicate the receipe.

September 30, 2012 04:21 PM
Chris said...

My favorite baking memory was making cookies with my grandmother when I was little. I also loved watching my mom whirl around the kitchen when she would bake, she always let me lick the bowl!

September 30, 2012 04:23 PM
Heather said...

I think mine would be making baklava with my cousin while she ate the top layer off or helping my best friend learn to make cookies.

September 30, 2012 04:23 PM
Laune Studenski said...

The most memorial baking was when I was going to bake chocolate chip cookies for my nephew and his family that were coming for a visit. I grabbed the cornstarch and put ii in instead of baking soda. Luckily, I noticed but only partially recovered the batch by adding the baking soda. They were flatter than usual but the cornstarch did not ruin the taste.

September 30, 2012 04:24 PM
Anne Schroeder said...

My favorite baking memory will be the annual time my mom and I spend making trays for our friends and family!
This is time I cherish and will always block off the 2 days we spend together!

September 30, 2012 04:26 PM
Pat said...

I remember at Christmas baking cookies with my mom when I was a young girl.

September 30, 2012 04:31 PM
William McFall said...

Want to win.

September 30, 2012 04:32 PM
Lori S. said...

My favorite baking memory has to be Christmas time! My mom would pull out her spiral bound Betty Crocker and let my sister and I pick what cookies we wanted to make. We always picked the stain glass ones. Now we carry on the tradition with my two boys. :)

September 30, 2012 04:40 PM
Kjersten said...

My grandma and I shared a lot of common interests, chocolate and baking to name a few. I learned a lot from her but the funniest and most memorable baking lesson I learned was the meaning of unsweetened chocolate. As we were baking one day, I was eyeing the delicious looking bar of chocolate she was using in a recipe. I boldly asked if I may have a piece to eat. To my joy, she smiled and gave me a big chunk of the bar. I bit right into it and I’m sure she wishes she could’ve recorded the look on my face, priceless!

September 30, 2012 04:40 PM
LeAnng said...

My favorite cooking memories involve cooking with my three small children. They love digging in to measure, stir and bake. Best of all, they like to EAT!!

September 30, 2012 04:42 PM
Amy Caba said...

One of my favorite memories was baking candy cane cookies with my niece. She had icing everywhere including her hair :)
my sister wasn’t too happy about that, but it was all the mess was worth it in the end and I have some great photos as well.

September 30, 2012 04:48 PM
Carol Hiles said...

Pumpkin Pie Bites – I’m going to make some!!

September 30, 2012 04:48 PM
pat whelan said...

One of my favorite memories is our annual Christmas Eve Open House. I made dozens of oatmeal choc.chip cookies (among others) and the biggest “cookie monster” in the guests was our dentist! I finally put the platter right in front of him on the coffee table, and everyone else had to go there to have a cookie.And I know he wasn’t drumming up business.

September 30, 2012 04:50 PM
Darla Davidson said...

Making Christmas cookies every year. Those hard silver balls always looked so cute but were too hard to eat!

September 30, 2012 04:56 PM
Melissa said...

My favorite baking memory was sitting on the counter to help my mom make chocolate chip cookies. I was too short to reach the stand mixer so she sat me next to it so that I could add everything myself.

September 30, 2012 04:58 PM
Joann Fore said...

Any holiday is a special time being with family makes memories every year

September 30, 2012 04:59 PM
Penny Jackson said...

Every year I would scour cookbooks to make my grandma a special cake for the pioneer picnic. One year it was a peppermint candy cake. It sounds weird, but it was a big hit.

September 30, 2012 05:00 PM
Kim S said...

My favorit baking memory is with my mom when i was little. In the middle of the night she would get up and make chocolate oatmeal cookies when she had a craving for them. I would get up and she would show me how to bake them.

September 30, 2012 05:01 PM
Julia said...

I was the one asked to bake the birthday cakes, so they must have been edible!

September 30, 2012 05:03 PM
Linda Shaffer said...

Baking cutouts is always the most fun. Decorating with all different colors of frosting tops it off.

September 30, 2012 05:07 PM
Carolyn U said...

My mom and I always made chocolate chip cookies together. She always taught me to mix by hand. It never occurred to me until my 30′s that I could use a mixer but it’s just not the same. I will always mix my chocolate chip cookies by hand. It’s a family tradition now and I will teach my daughter the same! I absolutely love your website!

September 30, 2012 05:11 PM
Laura Rupers said...

My favorite baking memory is making dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies and candies. Mom would package them on decorative plates and my brothers and I got to deliver them to all our friends and neighbors! (And we ate a few as well!) ;)

September 30, 2012 05:15 PM
linda weissler said...

My favorite memory is when I was thirteen and was babysitting for twin five year old girls. They were so fortunate, they had a child’s oven, that worked with a lightbulb for heat. We made batches of chocolate chip cookies…. that were memorable. We’re they really baked to perfection – who cared.

September 30, 2012 05:19 PM
Marie said...

I have a the Nestle best loved cookies cookbook. I just made the pumpkin spice and iced cookies on Friday night. They are delicious.

September 30, 2012 05:20 PM
Megan said...

My favorite memory consists of my mom and I making sugar cookies together; during Christmas time every year we have always made chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies together. The homemade sugar cookies always proved to be a challenge for her because the kitchen would get so warm and the dough would become too warm as a result making them hard to handle and causing the cookies to fall apart. She would get SO UPSET with that dough, but she knew that this was my favorite cookie and so every year she would push through even though it would tick her off so bad. Im 25 years old now and to this day we still make them together every year only now I deal with the dough and mom gets to sit back with a smile and chill. : )

September 30, 2012 05:24 PM
Gail said...

There’s nothing like the smell of something baking in the oven on a cold or rainy dreary day! Every generation has memories of baking with mother or grandmother… and many mothers and grandmothers (like me) have fond memories of baking with their children!

September 30, 2012 05:26 PM
Cynthia Suell said...

My favorite memory is baking cookies for my mom and daughter.

September 30, 2012 05:38 PM
Karen White said...

My favorite baking memories are all the Christmases I got to bake with my mom growing up. Cookies, pies – always something different and yet always amazing. I’m ready for Christmas now!

September 30, 2012 05:41 PM
delfina said...

Making gingerbread cookies in christmas and decorate them like gingi from shrek.

September 30, 2012 05:42 PM
Brian Stuhlman said...

This would be perfect for a holiday gathering…I can see it disappearing really quickly!

September 30, 2012 05:43 PM
Lindsay said...

Every year on Christmas Eve, my little sister and I bake a birthday cake for Baby Jesus. It’s a fun tradition that my parents started when I was little (and now I’m in my twenties! We’ve been doing this for quite a long time!). I love celebrating Jesus’ birthday and spending quality time with my little sister.

September 30, 2012 05:46 PM
Linh said...

My favorite baking memory was when I made my first fondant cake for my friend. I made it with one of my really good friends and we spent hours trying to make flowers and a tree branches (we were making a cherry blossom two tier cake). It was a lot of fun because it felt like we were playing with play-doh!

September 30, 2012 05:49 PM
Susan Murray said...

I used to bake chocolate chip cookies for my older brother. He passed away when I was 16, but some of my best memories are of him enjoying the cookies I baked for him.

September 30, 2012 05:54 PM
Leelabean said...

My favorite baking memories are anytime I am at the kitchen island with my kids either putting together a recipe or decorating a cake or cupcakes. They enjoy it so much that baking becomes so much more to me than just a hobby…

September 30, 2012 05:56 PM
Ryan said...

My favorite baking memory was baking pies with grandmother to serve in her restaurant. I have yet to master her coconut custard!

September 30, 2012 05:57 PM
Josephine said...

My favorite baking memory is teaching my now grown girls how to make a layer cake from scratch.
We used the famous Hershey recipe…and it’s still the only cake they can all make from scratch with no problems!

September 30, 2012 05:58 PM
Erin Renee said...

My favorite baking memory also involves a lesson my mother taught me about valuing EVERYONE in our lives from those who hold significant roles to those we may not think of every day. Every year around Christmas and Valentines Days we would spend an entire day baking cookies. Usually a chocolate cake cookie with a festively colored frosting. We’d help mom with the mixing and baking and then she would frost and my brother and I would decorate. These cookies were put on small paper plates on top of holiday napkins, wrapped in plastic and sealed with a lovely bow and ribbon. They were given to our teachers, the pastor of our church, neighbors, the school bus driver and “Mickey the Mail Lady.” Everyone got cookies. Always. Even when we were having a bad year financially my mother made sure the people who mattered, the people who helped us, got cookies (or noodles, sometimes we made homemade noodles too). The baking and the message go hand in hand for me. I’ve taken it into my adult life and I will always thank her for that.

September 30, 2012 06:01 PM
Cortney said...

My favorite baking memory is both a bad and good memory. I was making a wedding cake that was starting to buckle and collapse. It really was one of the worst days of my life, and I was literally sobbing while decorating this cake.

WHY is it my favorite memory?

Well, it showed me how wonderful of a family I have. My fiance (now hubby) pulled an all-nighter with me helping me get this cake into shape, and my parents took shifts sleeping and helping, sleeping and helping. I felt so bad, but my family totally supported me. That is what makes it one of my favorite baking memories. =)

September 30, 2012 06:08 PM
Cortney said...

My favorite baking memory is both a bad and good memory. I was making a wedding cake that was starting to buckle and collapse. It really was one of the worst days of my life, and I was literally sobbing while decorating this cake.

WHY is it my favorite memory?

Well, it showed me how wonderful of a family I have. My fiance (now hubby) pulled an all-nighter with me helping me get this cake into shape, and my parents took shifts sleeping and helping, sleeping and helping. I felt so bad, but my family totally supported me. That is what makes it one of my favorite baking memories. =)

*I re-entered because my email was originally incorrect! Not sure how to delete the old one.

September 30, 2012 06:09 PM
Laura said...

All natural cookies. Everyone hats the ingredients but love the cookies.

September 30, 2012 06:12 PM
Jennifer Parsons said...

So my favorite moment is very sad. It was my last baking moment with my mom and it was this year. My mother was told Christmas 2012 that she had stage 4 lung cancer and she didnt have long left. She tried to squeeze every last thing into the last months of her life. One day she was feeling very sick and I decided to make her a treat while she was still able to swallow and eat. I decided to try my hand at cake pops for the first time. I didnt like making cake pops, I hated it in fact. They fell apart, they didnt stick right and I was seriously angry by the time i was done. Mom asked me to come and show her what I did regardless of how they came out. So I put them all on a plate and took them to her and walked back into the kitchen to check on my dinner. After about 30 minutes or so I went back to check on my mom and the nurse was with had fallen asleep. When I went and looked at her she had chocolate all over her face and it cracked me up. Acording to the nurse she liked them so well that she ate all of them! And I made 12. She was so tired that she feel asleep and the nurse was snapping pictures of her before she cleaned her up. Needless to say it was the last thing mom was able to eat before she passed away. I cherish that moment because while I was seriously mad at my cake pops, I made my mother something she really enjoyed. And to this day, I refuse to make them anymore. I cant seem to get them to work out at all. lol

September 30, 2012 06:13 PM
Susie said...

Best childhood memories…. Time spent pouring over cookbooks and choosing something to bake…

September 30, 2012 06:21 PM
PATTY HAHN said...

Christmas is always special baking.

September 30, 2012 06:21 PM
Amber said...

Every Thanksgiving, it’s my job to make the pies. However, everyone has to have their input before we can decide which ones I should make!

September 30, 2012 06:24 PM
Carolyn Reilly said...

My favorite memories are baking cookies with my grandkids. They love to measure, pour, mix, and lick fingers!

September 30, 2012 06:27 PM
Michelle Calhoon said...

Just in time for holiday baking!

September 30, 2012 06:27 PM
Marilyn Libaris said...

A coworker at my first job invited me to a cookie exchange and I sadly revealed that I never learned how to bake cookies. She said don’t worry, I’ll cook two of everything. That kindness lead to a dear friendship.

September 30, 2012 06:30 PM
Lacey Phelps said...

My favorite memory is of stealing frosting from my Mom when we baked and decorated cakes together.

September 30, 2012 06:43 PM
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