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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michelle turner said...

My favorite memory is the first time I baked with my daughter, she was two and was so excited to get to put the ingredients in the bowl. It was the start of many baking moments together.

October 3, 2012 01:19 PM
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Ashley Brown said...

My favorite baking memory is baking christmas cookies and decorating them with friends and family in 2010. We went ALL OUT on the decorations! Sprinkles, jimmies, sugars, candy pearls and all! SO much fun! The best part was one of the families with us had never done it before-it was their first time spending Christmas in the USA! :)

October 3, 2012 01:26 PM
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Meg S. said...

When I was little I remember my grandma used to make lemon madelines all the time. Recently I bought one so now I always think of her when I make them :)

October 3, 2012 01:40 PM
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Tori said...

Some of my favorite memories are baking peanut butter cookies with my grandma as a little girl.

October 3, 2012 01:51 PM
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Yen said...

Love your website! I made your baby cake pops and bear macarons (at least tried but the ears kept cracking) last weekend for a baby shower and it was a hit!!

I’m looking forward to your new book!!! YAY!

October 3, 2012 01:52 PM
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Crystal V said...

My MOM is the BEST at baking Holiday treats-actually all baking treats! I can recall helping her in the kitchen as a little girl- 5 years old- and teaching me how to make candy-cane cookies!
She is so creative when it comes to baking- when she is combining recipes together or adds a secrect ingredient, I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing her baking treats turn out! She sure could use a Kitchen Aid Mixer to help make this years Holiday Treats!
GREAT site Bakerella!

October 3, 2012 02:03 PM
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Cassie Z said...

My favorite baking memory would have to be making Thanksgiving dinner with my mom every year. We would both have the day before off so while I made pumpkin pie, she would chop vegetables and the house always smelled so comforting.

October 3, 2012 02:50 PM
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SherrieB said...

I am the oldest child, and when I first started baking in Jr High, I made our family’s traditional chocolate cookies for the first time. I specifically remember my father telling me that “they might just be better than your mother’s, but dont tell her!”. For some reason this sticks in my head over twenty years later.

October 3, 2012 02:52 PM
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Christine Archilla said...

Well, my mom isin’t much of a baker but come christmas time she would always make her traditional christmas dessert, Tiramisu! I would help her soak and bathe the sweet lady finger cookies in a mixture of coffee and a sweet liquor. We would then stack them up, cover them with a homemade fluffy white whipped cream, double up the layers and top it off with some powedered chocolate as well as some curly pieces of chocolate shavings. After cooling it, the fork would slide through the cookies and cream, it was like a fluffy, chocolaty, coffee licious piece of heaven in your mouth!

:-)

<3 <3 <3

October 3, 2012 02:54 PM
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Shalee said...

I have lots of baking memories, but one of the funniest involved making spring rolls with my Vietnamese friend. She gave me a 6 or 7 inch knife to cut some pretty small carrots and I ended up cutting my finger a little. She felt so bad and apologized profusely. Then she gave me a 4 inch knife that was about an 1/8 of an inch thick and weighed a ton. Apparently she said it would be better because it was to thick to cut me…. I had my doubts. It took me over an hour to cut like 10 carrots : – )

October 3, 2012 02:55 PM
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Jenn said...

Sugar cookie cut outs with the kids for both Halloween and Christmas! It makes the Holidays very special for me!

October 3, 2012 03:20 PM
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Audra Taliaferro said...

When i was around 9 or 10, I started experimenting. I was determined to find the best chocolate pie recipe out there. So I got all my grandma’s cookbooks and piled all the recipes and baked each one and had a tasting contest!

October 3, 2012 03:46 PM
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Stevie B said...

I always loved it when my mom was baking (which was all the time!). She and I would make my favorite cookie (Oatmeal Scotch) to bring into school at the beginning of the year. Because my birthday was in the summer this was my special treat day. She always gave me a small separate bowl because I would lick the spoon and continue stirring! I cringe thinking about that but at least she knew how to do a preemptive strick…my bowl was never made into cookies ;-).

October 3, 2012 03:58 PM
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Erica said...

My dad never cooked when I was a kid. He loves to now, but then it just didn’t really happen. The only exception was Christmas he would help my sister and me make cookies for Santa. My mom stayed out of it because that was one of our special father daughters bonding times. A lot of messes happened, but they were some great cookies.

October 3, 2012 03:58 PM
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Blair Christensen said...

Baking chocolate chip cookies with my mom around Christmas. Makes me so nostalgic (not to mention hungry)!

October 3, 2012 04:13 PM
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Kim L said...

We would take our summer vacations each year and drive to Northern Idaho to visit my grandma. The car trip took two full days and my Dad was exhausted by the time we arrived! Grandma would have a big box of chocolate chip cookies waiting for us when we arrived. With four kids the big box didn’t last to long, so we would prepare more later in the week, along with her amazing bread. Oh, I can almost smell the bread and cookies now. Great Memories for sure!

October 3, 2012 04:15 PM
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Ara Lizeth said...

Baking peanut butter cookies from scratch w my grandma when I was 8! best memory ever.. :) she’s a sweet old lady now and cant do too much! I will always cherish those memories forever.

October 3, 2012 04:28 PM
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Maura said...

I don’t have any as a kid because my mom would shoo us out of the kitchen, but I have lots of good memories lately of cupcakes galore!

October 3, 2012 04:34 PM
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Alison said...

We managed to get in 3 Christmases with 4 generations of ladies before my grandmother passed away. My daughter was too little to be much of a help, but just having all 4 of us in the kitchen working together was priceless

October 3, 2012 04:44 PM
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Alexandra S said...

Every year my mom and I make about 12-15 different kinds of cookies for Christmas and assemble cookie platters to give out to our friends and family. We make time in our busy schedules to make a different kind together almost every night and freeze them. We even got some ideas from your site :) All the hard work pays off seeing the faces of our loved ones light up trying each cookie. It’s my favorite part about the holiday season.

October 3, 2012 04:50 PM
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eleanor greenly said...

i love making a real big batch of christmas cookies and having my three daughters decorating them..i made them every year since i was 17 .we had a lot of fun and created a beautiful memory

October 3, 2012 04:58 PM
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Michelle Avaritt said...

My favorite baking memories are baking Christmas candies every year with my friend Stephanie. Also, making a big breakfast for my family of five.

October 3, 2012 05:02 PM
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Jennifer said...

My favorite memory is baking pies and making candy with my grandma around the holidays.

October 3, 2012 05:09 PM
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Kathlyn said...

I loved making chocolate chip cupcakes to bring to school for my birthday each year. For my sons’ birthday party one year I had them help me make the cupcakes and they were so much fun!

October 3, 2012 05:17 PM
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Mindy C said...

My favorite baking memory was making cream puffs for cook-outs. They were my brothers favorite dessert for cook-outs and I htink of him every time I make them for my family now.

October 3, 2012 05:22 PM
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Hannah Ward said...

My favorite baking memory is learning how to make my Dad’s secret mud pie which I have every year on my birthday. Delicious treat for my late july birthday!

October 3, 2012 05:23 PM
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Colomba S. said...

Every time I bake is a new and exciting experience. I can’t really narrow it down to a favorite one because I always have a blast when creating snacks and goodies; varying from cookies to cake and to cake pops and many more! :)

October 3, 2012 05:33 PM
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Melanie said...

I have fond memories of when my mom would bake chocolate chip cookies. When they were done baking, she would say that we could have just one before bed. But if there were several stuck together, we would claim that was still one cookie, and she would smile and let us have the two or three stuck together. :)

October 3, 2012 05:35 PM
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Elaine Haakenson said...

I remember when I was about 5 yrs. old. My mom baked chocolate chip cookies, it was the 1st time I had ever tasted them…I thought it was the best thing I had ever eaten in the Wole World! It was Magic…

October 3, 2012 05:49 PM
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Reina Fernandez said...

Making gingerbread cookies and decorating them with lots of fun colors and sprinkles with my cousins around Christmas

October 3, 2012 06:19 PM
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sally said...

When I was in grade school, we would have the neighbor kids over to make a yummy filipino treat called Polvoron. It consisted of browned flour, powdered milk, sugar and melted butter. After my mom prepared the mixture, all the kids would have molds that we would pack to make tiny ovals of these treats and wrap in a square of colored cellophane. We would have so much fun molding them, but the best part was eating the finished product! Those were definitely good times!

October 3, 2012 06:30 PM
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Phyllis Britt said...

My grandmother was a wonderful cook/baker. She had all the “girl” grandchildren gather around the kitchen table to learn how to make pie crust. It was very hard to understand because she didn’t measure a thing. That was 30 years ago and I still have trouble with my pie crust.

October 3, 2012 06:31 PM
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Laura said...

Great website with yummy recipes!!

October 3, 2012 06:47 PM
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Meital said...

My memories are going back to my mom’s love for bakeing, when I was about 12. Every Friday, the house would fill with bakeing smells after I would help her make the cake or the frosting. That made me a bakeing lover!

October 3, 2012 06:51 PM
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Maggie Nicolino said...

Baking with family and sharing the goodies with loved ones and friends. Always warms my heart.

October 3, 2012 06:53 PM
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lisa hawkes said...

Baking cupcakes with my dad in the kitchen with my sister and brother when we were all little. I remember it so well, even licked the batter. I loved baking with my dad.

October 3, 2012 07:11 PM
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Michelle said...

My favorite baking memory is learning how to bake cookies with my mom as a child. :)

October 3, 2012 07:18 PM
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Natalie Cleary said...

Your pies look amazing!

October 3, 2012 07:23 PM
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Leslie G said...

I remember baking pound cakes and pies with my grandmother as a little girl…..there was always wonderful aromas throughout the house…..so many great memories!!

October 3, 2012 07:42 PM
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jamie wilson said...

Baking Chrsitmas cookies as a teenager, all by myself, is a fond memory. I remember making so many different cookies and giving them away my Senior year of high school, and everyone really enjoying them and the fact that it was a gift from the heart.

October 3, 2012 07:50 PM
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angelemsparkles said...

Definitely making “marzipan fruits” with my family for the Holidays. Because it was the only time we were entrusted with my Mum’s special fondant icing tools, to prod and poke marzipan chunks into oranges, apples and bananas.

October 3, 2012 07:53 PM
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Keith Falls said...

Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without pumpkin pie.

October 3, 2012 08:00 PM
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Anthony Y said...

I remember grandma going nuts making all sorts of goodies at christmas. My brothers and I thought her chocolate meringue pie was the best. Home made crust and all. I also loved her little chocolate covered peanut butter balls.

October 3, 2012 08:10 PM
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jeanette said...

My favorite time was when i baked chocolate chip cookies with my son for the first time. He was 4 at the time and we both had a blast.

October 3, 2012 08:12 PM
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Amelia said...

I like to try weird recipes. I made chocolate maple bacon cupcakes a few months ago and they were a big hit!

October 3, 2012 08:24 PM
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Susan J said...

My favorite baking memories were of my Grandma Peterson visiting and baking homemade bread and sweets!

October 3, 2012 08:31 PM
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Karen Kunkle said...

Love checking out your site weekly. Always enjoyed making Christ,as cookies with my mom and aunt.

October 3, 2012 08:39 PM
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Melissa H said...

My favorite baking memory is making pies for Thanksgiving every year with my mom. My great grandma has the most delicious chocolate pie recipe and we make about 5 of those and 5 pumpkins every year to bring to our feast.

October 3, 2012 08:48 PM
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Rachel said...

My favorite baking memory is when I first started to learn to bake and decorate cakes I spent hours making a red velvet heart shaped cake for my boyfriend who I was going to give it to him when he got out of prison he loved it he never ate red velvet before

October 3, 2012 09:24 PM
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Deb D said...

My favorite baking memories come every time I make my mom’s recipe for pumpkin bread. It is, hands down, the best pumpkin bread recipe on the planet, and whenever I make it I get to think about happy holiday seasons past and future. I think of the great times we had as children and how much I love watching my own daughter grow up, and how much fun she and all her cousins have every year in the holidays. It’s my favorite recipe.

October 3, 2012 09:37 PM
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Melanie said...

Favorite baking memory is one time a friend and I made almond shortbread sandwich cookies with chocolate filling. We made a huuuge mess filing the cookies but they turned out delicious and it was lots of fun :)

October 3, 2012 09:45 PM
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KyleneW said...

My tradition of baking & sharing goodies with neighbors, friends & family started with my mom. I remember her making pan after pan of mint brownie bars. I remember the look in a person’s eyes when we delivered them.

October 3, 2012 09:47 PM
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Kimberly Sanders said...

I love to bake lemon meringue pies using lemons from the tree in my yard!

October 3, 2012 09:48 PM
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sabrina said...

my favorite baking memory is baking cowboy cookies with my mom. she doesn’t bake at all, but the times she does, it’s always and only cowboy cookies. we would start baking together, and towards the end, it’s my mom giving the instructions while i’m hand-mixing the batter away. it was great mom-daughter time.

thanks for the recipe :)
will try it one day!

October 3, 2012 09:55 PM
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Suzie said...

Baking with my sons. Letting their creativity come out. Watching their faces as whatever we were making was ate.

October 3, 2012 10:08 PM
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Dena said...

One of my favorite memories is helping my daughter make raccoon chef cake pops as thank you gifts for the Vacation Bible School workers. Our mascot that year was Scraps the Raccoon Chef and the cake pops my daughter designed looked just like him. They were adorable and we had lots of fun working on them together. Everyone loved them!

October 3, 2012 10:09 PM
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nancy said...

there was one christmas where my friend’s mother bought me a sugar cookie holiday gift set. i was so excited because she knew i’d always wanted to try baking. i prepared the dough and used the enclosed candy cane cookie cutter to my heart’s content. i placed the cut dough onto a cookie sheet and waited by the oven. after about 10 minutes, i looked in the oven and noticed the cookies had melded together to form one big cookie. i’d forgotten that sugar cookies need a lot of cooking space! i was so embarrassed, but we all had a fun laugh :)

October 3, 2012 10:15 PM
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Tracy said...

One year my kids and I made an Ice skating cake for a friend’s birthday. We marbled fondant and created little ice skates with laces, blades, and all. But the best part was seeing the look on the bday girl’s face when the cake was brought out : Priceless

October 3, 2012 10:17 PM
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Meredith said...

Teaching my daughter to make Christmas cookies! Looking forward to passing more family recipes down to her

October 3, 2012 10:18 PM
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Laura said...

I will never forget baking Christmas cookies at my grandma’s house. She would have tons of sugar cookie cut outs ready for us to decorate and we made dozens of other kinds. She was so patient with us and let us make a huge mess of her kitchen. We did it every year until she passed away. Now, my mom sets up her kitchen for us and our kids and we go crazy on cookies. So much fun!

October 3, 2012 10:24 PM
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Lynn said...

I remember my grandma was a great baker, she always had an apron on when we went to visit. She had a small closet off the back porch where she “hid” all the Christmas candy and cookies that she made. Her best were homemade chocolate covered cherries & it took her weeks to make enough to share for the holidays. I miss her & wish I would have learned more from her to pass along to my kids and grandkids.

October 3, 2012 10:37 PM
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Loren A said...

My husband and I love to bake together and we have since we started dating. We try to make our favorite Cowboy Cookie dough before the oven beeps to tell us it’s preheated. We have the tasks down and usually can get it made and scooped out before it beeps, which means we have made this recipe hundreds of times and have it 100% memorized. Eating the cookies is still the best part though!

October 3, 2012 10:42 PM
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elaine said...

Watching my sister carry on the family holiday baking tradition with her 2 sons and our 2 nieces. Even now at 27,25,23 and 21 they still come over and help decorate and bake the cookies. Who said real men don’t bake? not this family :)

October 3, 2012 10:50 PM
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Amie Lea said...

In 2008, my sister came to my house for the Thanksgiving holiday. My husband and I had just returned from a 4 year tour in England with the USAF. While there we met, fell in love, married and had our son. My sister had never met my husband or son until we returned to the states. Being able to have her come to my home with her three children and share the holiday after not seeing her for 4 years was amazing. That day was the most memorable time I had baking in the kitchen. I made a pumpkin pie and my sister made her deep dish apple pie. Being able to bond with my sister in the kitchen was the best!

October 3, 2012 10:51 PM
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Deborah Townsend said...

I remember baking with my mom and we always shared with our neighbors whose mom was ill and did very little cooking. Her children loved our chocolate cake.

October 3, 2012 10:51 PM
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Rick said...

Who said men can’t bake? My kids and I baked our own gingerbread house one year… we didn’t get the premade, just decorate kind becuase i was up for a challenge! It turned out really well, and we were very proud of our creation. It tasted great too!

October 3, 2012 10:53 PM
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Linda Parker said...

Oh my sister use to make the best chocolate chip cookies,oh how I miss her and her cookies.Thank you Sharon.

October 3, 2012 11:41 PM
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Terri said...

My mom made cookies every year to celebrate the first and last days of school. I have continued this tradition with my family!

October 3, 2012 11:42 PM
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Ilissa Sabath said...

My favorite memories were made when I was baking with my Grandma at her house. She always let me lick the spatula!!

October 3, 2012 11:57 PM
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Whitney Mahlmann said...

I love holiday baking. My favorite memories are of my grandmother. She would always make meringue pies for holidays and would bring them over for the big meals. They had the highest meringue and always homemade fillings. She would even make the crust with a fancy pinched edge. I wish that I would have paid more attention during her baking lessons.

October 4, 2012 12:01 AM
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Jen said...

My favorite baking memory is waking up early Saturday mornings and baking breakfast for the family with my dad :) My favorite was making applesauce muffins!

October 4, 2012 12:56 AM
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Tyann said...

What a wonderful memory for you. Cooking is a special bond I have with my mother. I think my favorite was when we’d make Christmas sugar cookies. She and I both would eat the dough, the fresh cookies without frosting, the cookies with frosting, and even the cooled, unfrosted cookies because there wasn’t any frosting left. (The rest of the family would be lucky to get ANY!)

October 4, 2012 01:05 AM
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Kristen K said...

I remember baking a special sugar cookie recipe with my mom. They were super soft & difficult to work with (I can’t do it now because it makes me crazy).

October 4, 2012 01:06 AM
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Sara Rainsdon said...

I love baking with my daughter! She recently wanted to make her own cooking show. So we spent the afternoon together making cookies and recording it. We had a lot of fun and made tons of memories. I love how baking can bring you closer to the ones you love :)

October 4, 2012 01:50 AM
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jen said...

my favorite baking memory was first baking with my niece when she was about 1. i did all the baking but she had so much fun decorating the cookies.

October 4, 2012 01:53 AM
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Jasmine said...

My favourite sweet memory is making sugar cane cookies where we intertine two strips of coloured cookie dough and hang them on the tree.

October 4, 2012 02:06 AM
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Kiara said...

My dad is the cook/baker in our family, and some of my favorite memories are of sitting on the counter, adding ingredients, stirring the batter, and, of course, sampling the treats :)

October 4, 2012 03:05 AM
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Elaine said...

Favorite baking memory was actually a frying memory with baking ingredients…A rainy Arizona day, Pilllsbury biscuit dough cut into doughnut shapes, fried, and rolled in sugar. All while listening to Chicago’s COLOR MY WORLD, over and over.

October 4, 2012 03:22 AM
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Ted Thompson said...

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October 4, 2012 05:04 AM
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Hannah W said...

My favorite memory is baking Christmas cookies every year with my nieces, sister, mother and grandmother. We’d bake massive batches of many different kinds of cookies and decorate sugar cookies, and then package them up and give them our friends and family as gifts.

October 4, 2012 06:00 AM
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Katie M. said...

My favorite baking memory was baking all sorts of goodies with my Grandma! Before she passed I would always stand right by her side and watch her make all of my favorite treats! I learned from her and I will continue to learn as I get older. I take all my memories that I have baking with her, with me where ever I go and I always try to make her proud!

October 4, 2012 07:39 AM
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SANDRA MAKUAOLE said...

When I was small I learned how to cook and bake everything from scratch from my mother. The raisens, nuts and Toll House chocolate chips were our ‘prepared’ ingredients. When my son was born I taught him using the same cookbook passed down from my grandmother. His kids are now learning yhe love of cooking and baking from him.

October 4, 2012 07:42 AM
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Jessica Russell said...

Anytime I get into the kitchen with my grandma! It is fewer and fewer these days, but I do love spending that quality time with her doing something that shows love!!!!

October 4, 2012 07:50 AM
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Casey said...

Baking sugar cookies (with frosting and sprinkles) for every holiday with my mom! We loved hearts, shamrocks, bunnies, stars, pumpkins, Christmas trees…

October 4, 2012 08:44 AM
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Susie said...

Baking chocolate chip cookies, I started baking them when I was 8, my sister and I were home alone and I found some chocolate chips, I used the recipe on the package and they were really good, then gave them away to the neighbors so that my parents wouldn’t know that I had been baking, 50 years and 1000″s of chocolate chips cookies later my cookies are still in demand

October 4, 2012 09:19 AM
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NebraskaNancy said...

I have no favorite childhood memories of baking, because my mother neither cooked nor baked. ): I do LOVE to watch my teenager bake though! She loves to bake cookies and cupcakes!!!

October 4, 2012 09:22 AM
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Addie Evans said...

One of my funniest baking memories happened when we put “gravy master” in the toll house chocolate chip cookies instead of vanilla!
My fondest baking memories are of getting up early with my grandma & baking her bread – it was so simple, but so delicious!

October 4, 2012 10:01 AM
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Brandi P said...

one of my favorite memories is with my grandmother in the kitchen making hard candy and fudge for every christmas! I still love to go to her house on christmas candy baking day!

October 4, 2012 10:11 AM
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tina said...

my favourite memory … making a dessert without the oven while living in Seville, Spain, for 5 months ;)

October 4, 2012 10:31 AM
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Alaina Davis said...

My favorite memory was the first pie i ever made from scratch. I was 16 and was making a Coconut Cream Pie for my boyfriend. It turned out perfectly accept… I forgot to bake the premade pie crust. Oops! :) I have been attepting to perfect my baking skills ever since!

October 4, 2012 10:32 AM
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Erika said...

My favorite memories from childhood were baking chocolate chip cookies with my mother and sisters. I can remember being so proud of myself when I could read well enough to follow the nestle chocolate chip cookie recipe on the bag all by myself.

October 4, 2012 10:33 AM
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Jillian McKay said...

For my seventh birthday, I remember watching my wonderful mother make a sunflower birthday cake. She always gave me the bowl and spoons to lick. This simple memory is my most memorable baking memory.

October 4, 2012 10:37 AM
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Jamie Carbone said...

My favorite baking memory is the ones I have made with my own children. Now 9 and 6, they love helping me in the kitchen. My mom never let me in to help her so I always told myself that would be a memory I would make with mine!

October 4, 2012 10:49 AM
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Linda C Anderson said...

I remember maing cakes with my mother when I was little.

October 4, 2012 10:54 AM
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Erika D. said...

My favorite baking memory is with my son. I was beginning the process of baking a pirate ship cake for his birthday, when he comes in, gazes at me with his big, green eyes, and in his ooeyest-gooeyest voice says, “Pweeeze can I hewp you, Mommy?” How could I say no to that? So I put aside my “great, now this is going to take forever” thoughts, and handed him a spoon. While he sat, barefoot, on the counter helping me mix the cake batter, the look of wonder and excitement on his face was so precious. Totally worth the extra time it took to get that cake baked.

October 4, 2012 10:59 AM
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aquitenonnymouse said...

Baking Limpa (Swedish orange rye bread) with my Mom for Christmas, and then pilfering it with my siblings.

October 4, 2012 12:01 PM
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Michelle Nevarez said...

My sister and I have been baking for Thanksgiving dinner together for the last couple of years and we have so much fun doing it! We always bake while watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and then when the parade is over we watch Christmas movies. It is so much fun – the house smells so wonderful. I love the holidays!

October 4, 2012 12:05 PM
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Colene E said...

One of my favorite holiday memories was the year my brother and I mad Thanksgiving dinner together. He’s a great cook, and I’m the baker in our family. We decided to make Cornish Hens instead of turkey. The overwhelming sight of about 8 raw hens made me almost pass out. I had to sit while he got them in the oven. Despite the near accident, it was so much fun to be in the kitchen with my brother! :)

October 4, 2012 12:11 PM
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Liana said...

The opportunity to bake with each of my nephews as they get old enough to mix batter, pour etc. :) Completely priceless.

October 4, 2012 12:23 PM
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Jenn said...

My favorite baking memory is from a Christmas that I spent the school holiday at my grandparent’s house. My granny and I decided to make cookies, which she called ‘Making Memories’. As all good southern women do, we baked to excess for anyone and everyone for the holiday. I was so tired at the end of the day that I told her I ‘didn’t want to make memories anymore’ :) She laughed and then told the stories for years as I got older.
She’s been gone almost 2 years and I smile everytime I think about it.

October 4, 2012 12:39 PM
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