Monday, September 24, 2012

Baking Sweet Memories

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

Pecan Pies

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

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

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

Mini Pies

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

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

And keep scrolling for a fun giveaway below…

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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Nancy said...

One of my favorite memories are baking and rolling Christmas themed cake pops with my friend. We were making gift baskets for some friends.

October 2, 2012 12:29 AM
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Abiola said...

My little brother has an extremely sweet tooth and he hates being in the kitchen. So on a pleasant day, he was craving one of my mum’s delicious sponge cakes-but momma was out of town. He had no choice but to struck a deal with me (big sis), which is help bake the cake with me and in return wash my car………hahahah! He actually had a good time baking and 6 years later baking is now one of his favorite past times.Who would have thought…;)

October 2, 2012 12:48 AM
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Carol Perry said...

My favorite memory is going to my grandmothers house and always creating some sort of treat from scratch.

October 2, 2012 12:56 AM
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esperanza said...

i love when my daughter and i bake together even she can not
eat sugar she enjoy decorate cupcakes an we have a lot of fun

October 2, 2012 12:57 AM
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Trisha Tamayo said...

Some of my favorite baking moments have been created within the past year and half when I started to embark on this journey of making creative and decorative cake pops for family and friends! One of my most memorable cake pop experiences was when I made mini 3-tier wedding cakes for my future sister-in-laws bridal shower this past spring! I loved seeing her face as I brought them into the house!

October 2, 2012 01:12 AM
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Mary Beth said...

My favorite baking memory is baking cookies with my mother. Peanut butter, chocolate chip, sugar were all delicious, but our traditional ones were always snickerdoodles.

October 2, 2012 01:13 AM
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Lynn F. said...

I know I’m supposed to choose one favorite but that’s just too hard! When I was little, my sisters and I would go to New York every year to visit my grandma for Christmas. She would let us help her bake holiday treats and left the decorating completely up to us! She’s definitely the reason I love baking so much as an adult. My second favorite: my boyfriend is part of a mycological society at his university and they were having a bake sale so I made mini cupcakes with puffed up tops and decorated to look like little Mario mushrooms. Everyone loved ‘em and my boyfriend loved telling them all I made them :)

October 2, 2012 01:14 AM
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tanya said...

My grandma was yugoslavian and like her mother she made a wonderful sweet nut bread called potica., for the holidays.I remember her coming to our house to make potica with my mom when i was about five years old. Back then she kneaded by hand and this time she let me lick the remnants of dough off of her fingers.It seems kind of weird to have done this but I felt so close to her then. and the simplest thing brought such joy.

October 2, 2012 01:15 AM
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Georgia Haas said...

I was on a iced sugar cookie benge a few years ago. I ordered them weekly. When I went to visit my sister I always took her grandson some of my treats. The place I ordered from stopped making the cookies. When I went to my sisters my great nephew was so upset I didn’t have cookies with me. I decided to get the ingredients and told him we would make our own iced sugar cookies. I used store bought slice and bake sugar cookies and colored ready made icing. It was a complete disaster and the cookies were the ugliest cookies you could imagine. My little 5 year old great nephew had a ball and he thought the cookies were beautiful. Everytime I looked in a different direction I would catch him tasting a different color of icing. Problem with that? Standing on a stool so he could be counter top level, he would bend over and lick the icing on the cookie. Of course each cookie had different colors, meaning he licked most of the cookies! I took some really cute pictures and it will always be a wonderful memory. And no we didn’t share the cookies with anyone!

October 2, 2012 01:25 AM
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Ashley B said...

My favorite baking memory is from my childhood when my sister and I would make “Sticky Rolls” or “Blueberry Pinwheel Cobbler.” It was always so much fun to make treats for the family!

October 2, 2012 01:25 AM
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Bruce Langbein said...

Watching (and helping) my Dad make fudge. I probably got in the way more than helped, but the finished product was out of this world. One reason it was so good was the gobs of peanut butter he would add to the fudge. I wish I’d have learned how to make it now.

October 2, 2012 02:35 AM
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Dalia Blanco said...

My favorite baking memory is when my kids help in the making of Christmas cookies we were having so much fun that at the end of the evening my oldest son enter me in a Christmas baking contest. We didn’t win the contest but we sure enjoy all the baking, that started from baking cookies to building a Christmas theme cake. We made all sorts of cakes, a Christmas tree out of cupcakes, a melting snow man, a santa claus and many more. We love it.

October 2, 2012 02:57 AM
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Kate said...

My favourite baking memory is any time I made cookies with my mom. We’d generally make chocolate chip because they’re both my and her favourite kind, and she’d always give me extra chocolate chips to munch on.

October 2, 2012 03:24 AM
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Jackie said...

I imagined myself as Martha Stewart and decided to recreate her “pansy” cake for my best friend’s baby shower. 3 days and $120 later, the cake was a masterpiece! I’ve never made anything so challenging and so beautiful in my life-and get this, no one took a photo!!!

October 2, 2012 03:41 AM
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zatur sabari said...

oh yess.. my sweet baking memories. my first time baking cake. with my mom. 20 years ago. just plain marble cake. its 8 pm and i really want to bake cake, but there’s no butter left in a fridge, only margarine in pantry. so, we just go with that margarine. and the cake turn out great. but, after it cooled, we slice that beautiful cake, and have a taste.

it taste like SOAP!.

i look back at the margarine package and see an expiring date that has past for 3 or over month if i still remember.
we just laugh over the taste and how the cake has turn sooo pretty but taste like soap.
and that’s my sweetest baking memories. at least i know that i can bake. it did rise well. and i never stop baking since.

October 2, 2012 03:48 AM
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Mary said...

My favorite baking memory is spending entire weekends in the kitchen trying to get homemade decorated goodie plates out for all my friends in high school. Wish I had time for it now but so much work Y-Y

October 2, 2012 04:09 AM
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Melissa said...

I’m not sure which memory is better — baking with my grandmother as a child or baking with my 5-year-old son today. <3

October 2, 2012 04:25 AM
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Kelsey said...

My mom, and now me, has always been the baker in the family. My favorite memories are sitting at the kitchen table unwrapping I don’t know how many hershey kisses to make peanut butter cookies. I’d spend hours keeping my mom company while she baked.

October 2, 2012 04:30 AM
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Mary Kay said...

My favorite baking memory is from when I used to live down the street from my best friend. We would always get bored and want to do something, but we’d be hungry at the same time. So what we did to occupy our time was bake! I loved baking with her, and I miss doing so with her oh so very much <3

October 2, 2012 04:36 AM
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Fiona from England said...

I taught myself to bake and my mum very rarely joins in but last Christmas we spent a whole day together creating Christmas cakes! It’s now been taken on as a family tradition and it was so much fun.

Love a good full day baking session!

October 2, 2012 06:02 AM
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Lin said...

Every Christmas I bake my granne’s famous shortbread hearts, it’s not Christmas without them!

October 2, 2012 07:03 AM
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Shellie Blake said...

When my husband and I first got married we would make my oreo cheescake for our friends and neighbors. It was really fun to spend time baking with him.

October 2, 2012 08:22 AM
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Heidi Burns said...

I can remember making apple pancakes with my Grandma, fall was a great time for this. Homemade lemon bars in the summertime too! Mmmmm

October 2, 2012 08:31 AM
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Cindee said...

My favorite baking memory is just getting my apple business started. I love to have my 2 girls help me dip the apples and wrap them to make them darling. They are so talented! I love working in the kitchen with my girls.

October 2, 2012 08:58 AM
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Amanda said...

My favorite baking memory is watching Mickey’s Christmas Carol and Baking white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies for the holidays!

October 2, 2012 09:06 AM
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Chrissy said...

Baking with my Mom and sister for the holidays. My sister & I used to eat far more than we helped, but now we both bake all the time, and it always makes me feel connected to my sister & Mom, even though we all live many states apart.

October 2, 2012 09:11 AM
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Joy said...

My favorite memory is making Christmas candy with my mom. We did it every year and as I have become a mom and have kids I do it with them. It is such a great tradtion. My favorite was always the stain glassed candy. Now that I am the one doing the baking I realize what a pain it is! That being said, it is totally worth it! :)

October 2, 2012 09:49 AM
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steve steele said...

my mom made cookies and candy every christmas. aroma was fantastic and the taste even better.

October 2, 2012 09:49 AM
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Laura S said...

I once made homemade chocolate chip cookies as a teenager while my mom was on the Atkins Diet. My mom was fine with it until I had to leave to go somewhere and left her to take the warm cookies out of the oven. She says it was torture, and I didn’t even put two and two together until she told me when I got back home. Now we laugh about it everytime we bake chocolate chip cookies (my dad’s favorite).

October 2, 2012 09:53 AM
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Beth said...

One of my favorite baking memories occurred over Christmas break a few years ago at my grandparents’ home in Tampa. My little sister and I are big fans of Pushing Daisies, a fantastical tv show about a Pie Maker who not only bakes delicious pies, but solves murder mysteries with the help of his PI friend, as well as his supernatural ability to bring dead people to life. Of course, like any good show, it was cancelled in the middle of it’s beautiful second season, causing much pain and dismay.

Thus, Lali and I decided to pay homage to Ned the Pie Maker and Charlotte Charles (childhood sweetheart and cheese lover) through creating a pie worthy of the Pie Hole.

It was going to be a Pear Pie with a Gryuere in the crust. We even tried to use vodka in the crust because, heck, we were going to do it RIGHT.

Well, in our excitement, we should’ve probably consumed less vodka and taken more care to follow directions because that was the WORST pie I had ever experienced. Nothing worked out right and we just giggled the whole time about how the dough wasn’t right and neither was the filling and it was just over all very messy and amateur…

we lovingly dubbed it our “Pear and Failure” Pie, and added it to our series of well-intentioned-but-slightly-amiss baking projects. It’s good we love each other anyway. :)

October 2, 2012 10:21 AM
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Sandra said...

I have tons of baking memories from holidays to just-because. My favorite holiday memory began almost 30 years ago with my first son and continues to this day with my kids, nieces, nephews and friends. From pies, cookies, gingerbread house parties, we cover every event in style. But the best baking memory is making monthly treats for all of our older neighbors. My kids and I make breads, cookies, and seasonal treats to distribute throughout the neighborhood. In this way we can check in on our friends and give them a little something to smile about as well.

October 2, 2012 10:22 AM
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Kate Hayes said...

My favorite memory is when I was little, getting to spend the day with my Grandma baking. She used a Kitchen Aid and would let me slowly add the ingredients to the mixer. I loved getting to see the mixture come together and the process of baking became magical to me. I can’t wait until I have kids that I can share this same experience with.

October 2, 2012 10:27 AM
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April said...

I remember the first time I baked with my baby wrapped in a sling oh-so-freshly newborn. It was a lovely batch of Christmas cookies that she and I whipped up, so cuddly close together.

October 2, 2012 10:33 AM
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Gina said...

When I first started dating my now-fiancee, I decided to try out a focaccia recipe to impress him. However, I had never used sea salt before and ended up making something so salty that it was almost inedible. He was such a good sport about the debacle and we laugh about it to this day. Now whenever I make focaccia (correctly), I think about that time when we were first falling in love.

October 2, 2012 10:53 AM
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Michelle Rabinovich said...

For a few years my best friend from childhood and I would make Christmas/holiday cookies to take to our respective families. Even though we always vowed to start prepping the day before, we always ended up doing everything in one day but having a great time. We love looking up new recipes for tasty treats!

October 2, 2012 10:59 AM
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henry cappa said...

i do not bake

October 2, 2012 11:01 AM
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christina Haskins said...

I would have to say that my favorite baking memory was when I was a sophmore in high school and me and my best freind really wanted to make some brownies. But after making the batter we decided we would rather eat the entire batch of brownies before we could even get them in the oven. Needless to say we didnt feel to well after we were finished. But we had a great time and lots of pictures to remember that day.

October 2, 2012 11:08 AM
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CarmenT said...

I’ve taken over making my moms Christmas pecan tarts for 12 years now and have started my own Easter bread tradition (18 to 22 loaves every Easter) and so far my son has started to help putting the sprinkles on.

October 2, 2012 11:16 AM
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Brenda P said...

My mom handed down her mom’s blackberry jam cake recipe to me. She would only make it for Christmas and it had raisins, walnuts and wonderful buttermilk icing with pecans on top. It’s always been a hit with friends and family. It’s such a special cake.

October 2, 2012 11:17 AM
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kristenb said...

My favorite baking memories are the ones I am making right now with my 5 year old son. He loves baking cookies!

October 2, 2012 11:42 AM
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Kimberly B. said...

The first time I used an egg wash (which up until that point had been, in my mind, incredibly complicated and not worth the trouble) I was completely sold. The honeyed ham pastries I made were not only delicious, but they glistened like the sun… I even commemorated the moment by taking a picture.

October 2, 2012 11:46 AM
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Julie Stewart said...

My Mom could knit in the dark and read books at lightening speed but she couldn’t really cook or bake. My childhood was spent eating tuna casserole, hockey puck fried burgers and dry pork chops. The only thing she could make from scratch was Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies. She would treat us to them throughout the year but at Christmas she would make batches and batches of them, it was wonderful. My Mom passed away when I was 12 and I don’t remember us ever having a day of baking together or any recipes passed down, but the very first thing I taught myself to make we’re those cookies and I think of her whenever I make them.
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October 2, 2012 12:08 PM
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Pallavi Kale said...

My fav baking memoires are with My mom back in my country during the holiday season.The fresh baking smell just invigorates your holiday spirit.And now my baking memories are with my kids whol absolutely love it when mom;s baking .Be it cookies, cakes OR cake pops.The excitement and the look on their faces when we first open the oven door is what makes me want to do more and more.

Pals

October 2, 2012 12:08 PM
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Garnet said...

Baking Christmas cookies with my mom and little brother when I was a child. For some reason, the cookies I make now just never taste the same.

October 2, 2012 12:14 PM
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Keri said...

I think my favorite baking memory was when my son wanted me to bake him a birthday cake and wanted the icing to be army green. Not very tasty-looking but he was perfectly happy!!

October 2, 2012 12:16 PM
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Lisa McGriff said...

I have so many memories of baking as a child, winning 4-H cookie contest in grade school, making 30 turkey shaped cakes for people my mom worked with… But I guess one of the most memorable would be in recent years when I was baking a cake. Mixed up the ingredients, poured it in the pans, placed them in the oven, went into the den to sit with my family and some company that was visiting… oh yes, we had an audience. I begin to smell something burning, rush into the kitchen, fling open the oven to a billowing cloud of smoke. It looked like a volcano had erupted in my oven. I closed the door, turned around and looked at one of my daughters and said “Did you put self rising flour in my all purpose flour container?” She smiles… Wasn’t funny at the time but makes me laugh till I cry now.

October 2, 2012 12:33 PM
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Tina Z said...

My mom use to make mini bite size pecan pies and we would gobble them up everytime!
I do love making pumpkin whoopie pies as gifts for everyone during the holidays.

October 2, 2012 12:34 PM
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Martha L. said...

Three generations in the kitchen together baking for holidays and Sunday dinners…Grandma, Mom, and me like clockwork. We each had our own jobs and performed them easily and naturally, talking all the while! Best. Memories. Ever.

October 2, 2012 12:36 PM
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Jennifer Hines said...

My favorite baking memory is making holiday cookies with my little man. We make whatever kind of cookie he has a hankering for at that moment, but I loved the time we made gingerbread men and he decorated some all on his own. Looking forward to including our new little munchkin in our baking memories!

October 2, 2012 01:05 PM
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Brandi said...

I love making cookies every Christmas with my daughter :)

October 2, 2012 01:13 PM
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Brandi said...

I love baking around Thanksgiving and Christmas!

October 2, 2012 01:14 PM
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Indhira said...

Thanksgiving and Christmas time are truly my favorite time of year because of the amazing scent of fresh baked goodies coming from the oven. Ever since I was a little girl it was a passion of mine to bake, mainly because of the smile and pleasure it brings me to see my family eat something that i have taken time and effort to bake. Noel nut balls are my favorite, The kitchen usually gets all covered in confectioner’s sugar, and smell of warm pecans are just heavenly! Wrapping the cookies are just as much fun, I love finding the perfect container and (trying) to make the perfect bow.

October 2, 2012 01:17 PM
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Katie said...

Baking chocolate chip cookies with my mom and the smell of cinnamon and sugar from Christmas morning muffins!

October 2, 2012 01:22 PM
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Laura Wismer said...

I have made Nestle Toll House cookies for over 30 years now–I, of course, have the recipe memorized. They are really the best chocolate chip cookie ever. My ultimate compliment came when a friend told me that her own son told her that I made the best cookies he’s ever had. My friend felt a little jealous, but she understood!

October 2, 2012 01:31 PM
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Stampinjul said...

i remember the day my cousin taught me how to take chocolate chip cookie dough and put it in the microwave! You heat a few scoops (or 5) just enough for the chocolate to melt and the dough gets gooey then you eat it with a spoon! That and a glass of milk is TO DIE!!!

October 2, 2012 01:34 PM
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sandy montano said...

My kids, I raised them baking in the kitchen. The holiday cookies, too much fun. Even now, all grown up, they know the holiday cookies are coming, but I can only get them to decorate one now.

October 2, 2012 01:38 PM
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Melissa M said...

My favorite baking memory is making Swedish gingerbread cookies with my mom at Christmas time. She’s Swedish, so she has passed down a lot of traditions from her childhood that have to do with food and baking. I love her for that :)

October 2, 2012 01:39 PM
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Kelly W said...

My most recent favorite baking memory is when my husband (who works in supply chain) decided that he could help make my cake pop process more efficient. By the end of the batch he was decorating like a pro and secretly loving it!

October 2, 2012 01:42 PM
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Amanda said...

Every year, my mom would get out her cookie press and make pressed butter cookies. I loved the dough, so I stood by patiently waiting for a dollop. After they cooled, we would decorate with frosting flowers (or blobs in my case) and it was so much fun. I didn’t like the taste of the resulting cookies, but the process was a fun one!

October 2, 2012 01:55 PM
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Pam said...

My mom always made Sugar cookies at christmas time and i remember decorating them with my brother and sister as kids, now we all have our own kids and continue the tradition of decorating cookies at my moms house with all our kids and her grandchildren around. Very sweet memories!

October 2, 2012 02:08 PM
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Gayle V. said...

Whenever my mother made cookies, we kids would anxiously wait until she was done so we could “lick the bowl” (we used spoons, so I’m not sure why we said we were licking the bowl). I’m sure my mom left extra dough in the bowl on purpose. The baked cookies were always good, but so was the dough!

October 2, 2012 02:08 PM
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LeAnn said...

I loved baking monster cookies with my mom as a child. We’d get out the turkey roasting pan and start adding goodies until it was close to overflowing. My mom would carefully bake and package the cookies for my dad’s hunting trips, but she’d make sure to leave a few out for my brother and I. To this day, when I see a monster cookie, it brings back great memories of spending quality time with mom in the kitchen!

October 2, 2012 02:14 PM
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Krystal D said...

My mom and I always make time to get together to make Christmas cookies every season. We have our tried and true favorites but we try to incorporate new recipes and see if they make it to next years favorite bunch. Every year we bake more and more tasty treats! Although that is a good baking memory… I also love baking with my mom on Easter. Even though I’ve become quite an experienced cake decorator over the past few years… we break out the duncan hines and make a box cake. We cut out bunny ears & a bow from a round cake layer & add it to the round “bunny face” layer. We have so much fun using colored coconut, jelly beans & twizzlers making a cute bunny face! No matter how old we get, it’s tradition!

October 2, 2012 02:17 PM
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Gail said...

Our kids loved brownies and I used “the Big Bad Wolf ‘s Brownies” recipe from Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Cookbook.They thought it was pretty cool to have the same brownies as that bad wolf.

October 2, 2012 02:20 PM
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blair said...

a few years ago a good friend of mine had a group of girls over after a fun day of apple picking to bake what we had just reeped. apple pie & apple crisps galore. i honestly felt like that day had taken place in another point in time- all women, in the kitchen, making a mess, laughing, gossiping, snacking while we baked. i wish we could do that more often.

October 2, 2012 02:30 PM
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Lauriemcb said...

Nothing smells better than something baking in the oven!! I love to bake anything.

October 2, 2012 02:43 PM
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Sharon Greco said...

Every Christmas my mom bakes tons of different Christmas cookie All Tasty

October 2, 2012 02:47 PM
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Miya said...

I have very fond memories of baking cookies for Christmas with my mother. We always make butter, sugar, chocolate chip, chocolate chip pecan and Mexican wedding cookies. The memory is so strong I can almost smell them right now. What a great giveaway!

October 2, 2012 02:48 PM
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Samantha said...

My best baking memory were the late nights during the holidays baking with my aunt. we baked everything from italian cookies, to pecan pies, and everything in between. The hours of baking in the kitchen built a relationship with her that is unbreakable. She became not only my baking confidant, but my best friend. Not to mention, we gained a little bit of extra weight together. My love for cooking, and baking especially grew from her!

October 2, 2012 02:50 PM
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Amy said...

When I was small, my family would make hard candy once a year…different colors and different flavors…I loved it. It may be why I turned to science as a career! It’s not quite baking, but working with a candy thermometer was exciting!

October 2, 2012 03:03 PM
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Lori Swanson said...

Baking is one of my favorite stress relievers. I grew up with a spatula in my hand – crafting cookies, pies, cakes, and other yummy treats. There are so many fun memories through the years. A most recent favorite was an evening of cake decorating with my little great niece and nephew. It was their great grandma’s birthday and oh the FUN they had as I lead their little hands through the gooey beauty of frosting and cake. Five and three, they were so proud to present their work to their “Gigi”.

October 2, 2012 03:03 PM
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Tracy Shaw said...

I absolutely love making the cake pops with my daughter. She wants to follow in my foot steps and I have never been so happy! I love to bake right In my own home! Learning how to make fondant was really exciting and a very fun experience. I wish I could open up my own shop but in this little town of Goose Creek not very many people want cakes and pastries when there is a publix right next door. Anybody who loves to bake good for you! It is a good way to take the stress off of you!

October 2, 2012 03:13 PM
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BreeMarie68 said...

Every year my Mother, Grandmother, cousins and four nieces have our annual Christmas cookie production. Each of us would take on a different cookie recipe: snickerdoodles, sugar cookie cut outs, magic bars, shortbread cookies, rum balls, gingerbread men etc…it is always a great time to share cooking tips and tricks and funny family stories. It is something I look forward to sharing with my future children :)

October 2, 2012 03:14 PM
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Melissa T said...

My favorite baking memory is baking peanut butter cookies with my Grandfather as a young child. When he taught me how to make a little design on the top using a fork, I was so impressed!

October 2, 2012 03:24 PM
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fatimah said...

Baking different kinds of cookies with my kids who are still in grade school. I just love their oohs and aahs when cookies come out of the oven.

October 2, 2012 03:25 PM
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Katie T said...

When my daughter was in Kindegarten, we made and baked Christmas cookies in the teachers lounge for the kids to take home. They wore little Chef Hats and were so excited to be “baking”. I hope they still have that great attitude toward baking!

October 2, 2012 03:35 PM
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Eliester Lai said...

My best memory of baking was my first whole chicken for my family. Was so amazing that my husband almost ate it completely. Besides that he loves the oatmeal cookies that I make.

Btw, I was visiting the US and I went to this William-Sonoma store just to meet it because you keep on mention it.

Thank you!

October 2, 2012 03:35 PM
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Norma King said...

My favorite baking memory is of a German Chocolate cake. I was browsing through a magazine one day and my husband happen to He asked if I knew how to make one. I said yes but only from scratch I don’t do box cakes. He said it was in his words “Very mosst favorite cake in the whole wide world!!” I said I would make him one. Long story short, I made the cake on a Friday night. By Sunday evening it was gone. Needless to say I did not get one slice. Now when he tells me he really likes something I always take him at his word so I will be able to have some too!! :)

October 2, 2012 03:41 PM
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Erica said...

Learning the family Italian cookie recipes with Mom & Nonna.

October 2, 2012 03:46 PM
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Shantel said...

My favorite baking memory was when my grandmother taught me how to make homemade brownies. It was around Thanksgiving and I asked her to teach me how to cook as good as she did. At that time I didn’t have a clue on baking or cooking. She treated cooking and baking like it was a form of art. She made pretty much everything from scratch and anything chocolate was her specialty.The brownies turned out so moist and chewy. I will never forget that special day that I learned how to bake!

October 2, 2012 04:17 PM
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Savychacha said...

My favorite memory so far is baking my wedding pies with my mom. My husband and I got married last October, and instead of cake we had an entire dessert table filled with home made cookies, breads and pies. My mom came out early to help with everything, and spending a day in the kitchen with her baking delicious treats for my upcoming wedding was a great day for us. She means so much to me, and I’m so happy that we got to share that memory together.

October 2, 2012 04:33 PM
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Jenny said...

My favorite baking memory was watching my grandmother make her biscuits (which would involve her secret stash of Canadian flour that she kept at the back of the coat closet because she didn’t want anyone else to get their hands on it!)

October 2, 2012 04:37 PM
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Danielle said...

My favorite memory of the kitchen is making cinnamon bread as a kid!

October 2, 2012 04:38 PM
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Deborah Badiavas said...

Loved making cookies at Xmas with mom

October 2, 2012 04:40 PM
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Emily F said...

One time I was making chocolate chip cookies when my grandparents were over and i accidentally grabbed the corn meal bag instead of the flour bag. I continued the recipe, not knowing my error, and the cookies turned out HORRIBLE!! It was so embarrassing!! Thankfully, my grandfather being the person he is, told me that they were “mighty good”. I know he probably didn’t really think that but it made me feel so much better!! And there’s my story!!:)

October 2, 2012 04:41 PM
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Desmond Crosby said...

Every time i bake its my favorite experience, for i just love the smell and look of a moist chocolate cake coming out of the oven ! But most of all i ( along with my family!) love to eat the cake with some fluffy swiss meringue buttercream covering it!!

October 2, 2012 04:43 PM
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John Warner said...

My favorite baking moment this month comes from my son who is 4 and the most adorable non-pop creature on this earth!
I always let both of my kids join in the fun when I am baking and my boy loves to “lick the beaters” and bowl. I just finished some brownie Frankenstein Pops when he asked me if he could melt them back and put them on my grandmother’s beaters because they tast better on them. 2 hours of baking wasted??? No, he said mine did look pretty.

October 2, 2012 05:00 PM
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Andi C. said...

My favorite baking memory is my sister and I making christmas cookies for a friends christmas party. We made dozens and dozens of cookies. It was a special time and one of my fondest memories.

October 2, 2012 05:01 PM
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Angela Harris said...

Baking meat pies for both my sons birthdays. I would make the pastry then use alphabet cutters and put Happy Birthday on the pie!

All my children made Jam Tarts with the left over pastry.

I am English and its something my mother used to do also.

They are now in their 20′s and still they request a meat pie when they come home for their birthdays. I make the crust and then still put Happy Birthday and their name and yes they still love it!

October 2, 2012 05:09 PM
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Jordan said...

I once made horrible sweet potato peanut butter cookies that turned out to be a disaster!

October 2, 2012 05:10 PM
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Jordan said...

I’ll never forget the stained glass cookies my grandmother made. she spent so much time melting different colored sugar for them!

October 2, 2012 05:13 PM
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Stephanie said...

my mother used to make 4 o’clocks every holiday. I have tried to replicate them many times but they have never tasted the same.

October 2, 2012 05:15 PM
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Katie O. said...

My favorite baking memory is baking christmas cookies with my mom while watching christmas movies in the kitchen on the tiny tv… we always had so much fun!

October 2, 2012 05:22 PM
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Ashley said...

My favorite baking memory is from a few years ago. I found my grandmothers recipe or gingerbread cookies. We had no had them in many years since she passed in 1993. I have been making them every year since findin the recipe. I know it means a lot to my Dad and hope it brings back many memories for him while creating new ones at the same time.

October 2, 2012 05:29 PM
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Amy B said...

My favorite memory has to be from my childhood when my sister and I would make chocolate chip cookies while pretending that we were being filmed for a cooking show. Such fun!!

October 2, 2012 05:29 PM
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Mborca said...

Making hot choc with my dad

October 2, 2012 05:38 PM
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Hayden Greenawalt said...

One of my best baking memories is baking your pears in puff pastry December of 2010 with my boyfriend. I have been wanting a Kitchen Aid Mixer for years! This isn’t the first kitchen aid giveaway I’ve entered. <3

October 2, 2012 05:42 PM
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Joan said...

Baking with my grandma when I was little–I have some fond memories of her sighing over me sneaking bites of raw cookie dough. I still think about her every time I make her chocolate oatmeal cookies.

October 2, 2012 05:45 PM
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Emma K said...

I am introducing my 4-year old daughter, Evie, to the joys of baking. (I wish I could say that baking is a passion that was passed down to me from my mum, however, she would be the first to admit that she is not a domestic godess when it comes to baking!) Evie is currently enjoying learning how to measure the ingredients, lick the spoon, and of course help decorate the cookies, cupcakes, and our favorite Bakerella cake pops! I look forward to spending many more years sharing my passion with her and to one day learning something new from her!

October 2, 2012 05:59 PM
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Megan H. said...

My favorite baking memory is when me & my best friend stayed up all night baking Christmas cookies. The one batch didn’t come out so well & we forgot the name of the cookie so we ended up calling them “Surprises”! We plan on getting together this year with a bottle of wine & repeating the process again!! Gotta love holiday baking:) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

October 2, 2012 06:15 PM
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