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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Teresa H said...

Baking with my little boy. He loves to watch food network on the ipad and learn how to make the best chocolate chip cookies. Then we bake our own. Oh, so fun!

October 5, 2012 11:37 AM
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Heather Trammell said...

Making Halloween cookies with my mom when I was little. My birthday is at the end of October and we would always make them for me to take to school for my friends and I. :)

October 5, 2012 11:52 AM
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Andrea said...

There are many, but one of my favorite baking memories was getting to make cupcakes with my grandma when I little. It was on one of our summer vacation trips to visit her and my grandpa. When she asked if I wanted to make them I was so excited and I was looking forward to it until the time came to start [which seemed like forever :) ]. It was a fun and special time with just her and me.

October 5, 2012 11:55 AM
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Deepa said...

I didn’t bake much with my mom, but now that I’m a mom, I love the memories I’m making with my children! Since we’ve discovered your website a few years ago, every birthday at school includes cupcake bites and now we’re diving into the world of pops (a bit harder) but the children love it so much more! Thank you!

October 5, 2012 12:06 PM
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nancy said...

Baking with my mom, and baking with my daughter.

October 5, 2012 12:08 PM
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Sheryl Hebert said...

I will never forget this baking experience:
The first cake I ever made was when my parents went out for the night on their anniversary! I wanted to suprise them with the cake. It stuck to the pan, and I poured whipping cream over a huge pile of broken up cake. The pile of cake was warm, so the whipping cream melted all over the pile. It was a huge mess that my parents made a huge deal about. “Oh, how wonderful!”, they said.
When I think back on this, my parents probably thought, “thank God the house is not burned to the ground!”.

October 5, 2012 12:11 PM
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Miss Lisa said...

Anytime someone I’ve baked my chocolate chip cookies or chocolate cake for in the past tells me again how much they enjoyed them/it.

October 5, 2012 12:13 PM
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Gil Crews said...

My favorite memory is baking anything with my Dad.
He was a single parent, raising 4 children all on his own back in the 60′s (unheard of then). Needless to say, he was a great cook, but didn’t have much practice in the baking department. I was lucky, I was the oldest and Daddy’s little girl.
Dad and I experimented with just about everything: cookies, bread, cakes, pies, pastries. At some point, I can’t remember when, I surpassed Dad in baking…he wasn’t too unhappy about it either. As I got older, Dad became my cheering team and taste tester. What I wouldn’t give to have him here now…after all the Holidays were his favorite time of year. Such yummy goodness.
Thanks Dad!

October 5, 2012 12:16 PM
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Monica D. said...

My mom always made a homemade birthday for my sisters and I for as long as I can remember. This was back in the sixties when we first came to this country and money was tight. Buying a birthday cake was a luxury. I have since continued my mom’s tradition and bake the birthday cakes for our family. Each person of course has their favorite from a basic yellow cake to chocolate and peanut butter. My girls always say these are the best cakes!

October 5, 2012 12:18 PM
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Kelly Davis said...

My favorite baking memory has to be baking hundreds of christmas goodies with my grandma and my little sister. We would make gingerbread houses every year at Christmas and my sister’s favorite part was making the “reindeer pee” on the roof of her house with yellow food coloring!

My sister is the whole reason behind my love of baking, and she is the reason why I started to build on my passion and open my website, littlebearbakery.org!

October 5, 2012 12:21 PM
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Cindy McKay said...

Each year, the night before Thanksgiving I gather all 7 of my grandchildren (ages 4-12) around the kitchen table and we make pies. Each of them has their own pie plate. I give them the list of flavor options and they choose which one they want to make. I roll out the dough for them and help them place it in the plate. We mix the fillings together and they use the scrap dough to decorate their pie. After the pies have baked and cooled we line them up and take with picture with thier pies.

We started this tradition when our oldest granchild was 3. What a wonderful time we have! The hardest part is keeping thier parents out of the kitchen so they don’t worry about the mess. It is worth the mess to have this sweet memory with my grandchildren.

October 5, 2012 12:38 PM
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Don Mcclure said...

It was always great when Mom made fudge.

October 5, 2012 12:42 PM
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Odell Bondurant said...

I don’t bake. I do all the tasting of the holiday goodies. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.

October 5, 2012 12:47 PM
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Camille J said...

Making chocolate chip cookies with my mom and her letting me mix in the chocolate chips with my hands then letting me eat my ‘cookie gloves’ off of my hands.

October 5, 2012 01:37 PM
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Denise Quammen said...

I love baking when fall gets here! The cooler weather, the smell of the crisp leaves falling and something baking in the oven brings back memories of when my children were little helping me bake holiday goodies!!

October 5, 2012 01:40 PM
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Jenn K. said...

My favorite memory is making christmas cookies with my sister. We set up camp at her house and crank out enough cookies to feed an army!

October 5, 2012 02:18 PM
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adrene said...

One of my favorite holiday memories is baking with my daughters. We would make a few batches of sugar cookies and using miniature cookie cutters end up with hundred of cookies for various holiday parties. Together we would delicately paint icing on the baked cookies. As the girls got older they became quite proficient with their painting and guests would hate to even eat their baked artwork!

October 5, 2012 02:28 PM
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vicki la moia said...

my favorite memories are of my sisters and i …helping my mom …to bake…

October 5, 2012 02:36 PM
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Julie McDonald said...

As a little girl I loved going up north at Thanksgiving time. My aunt and uncle would bake what seemed like 100 different types of cookies and we always got to come in the kitchen and be a part of the action. My favorite still are the Pfefferkuchen cookies. Mmm…I can almost taste them right now.

October 5, 2012 02:48 PM
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Jenn said...

My favorite was baking all day doing Christmas cookies with my aunt. I was the designated sprinkle girl <3

October 5, 2012 03:12 PM
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Beth said...

My favorite baking memories are learning to roll out sugar cookies with my mother. They had to be just perfect. Not too thick, but not too thin so that they would tear. I’m now trying to pass on the tradition to my son, niece and nephew. If only I could teach them that each cookie doesn’t need an entire container of sugar per cookie!

October 5, 2012 03:28 PM
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Melissa said...

Just spending time in the kitchen with my mom is special, but having goodies to eat makes it that much better. While we were growing up, my mom always asked if there was any special dessert we would like during the holidays. My brother asked for sweet potato pie every year. To this day whenever the holidays come around, we eagerly expect to see sweet potato pie. I look forward to creating memories like this with my kids.

October 5, 2012 03:35 PM
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Bailey Webster said...

When I was about eight, my brother (twelve), sister (eleven), and I decided that we were going to make my mom’s birthday cake even though my dad usually did it. We were making a chocolate cake that called for a cup of boiling water. When we were making it, my brother asked us, in a moment of confusion, where to get boiling water. Of course, we looked at him, dumbfounded and make fun of him about it to this day, ten years later. He will probably never live it down :D.

October 5, 2012 03:47 PM
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Norma said...

My favorite memory of baking is with my mom and sister during christmas time. We bake nut roll and cookies and its just a day for us. Last year we let my daughter join the fun! Can’t wait for this year!

October 5, 2012 03:50 PM
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Sue said...

My favorite baking memory is how my kids make Christmas breakfast. Every year since the eldest was old enough to run the stove by himself, they have gotten up early enough to make coffee cake and coffee. I have to wait in bed until they come to get me, which is hard because I LOVE Christmas morning.

October 5, 2012 03:56 PM
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Karen Paulson said...

My favorite ‘baking’ memories revolve around my Darlin’ Mom (now 93!) who would ‘bake’ my sister & I graham cracker ‘cookies’ with homemade fillings – frosting, some with peanut butter, some with chocolate. We didn’t have much $$ then, but we never knew that ’cause Mom always baked those special cookies for us, and they were there when we came home from school each day . . .

October 5, 2012 04:04 PM
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Brittany Gage said...

When I was eight, my grandma pulled me into her kitchen and taught me how to make bread. She worked at a bakery and I just loved imitating everything she did. We spent many Christmas’s in the kitchen baking every sweet thing we could think of. We enjoyed the time together and it turned into a love for baking as an adult. Something my husband and I do all the time for fun!

October 5, 2012 04:07 PM
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SallyP said...

I remember making carmel popcorn balls and leaving the kitchen a MESS!!!!!!!!! My poor mother cleaned up after us and she never complained.

October 5, 2012 04:19 PM
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Renata said...

Every Christmas Eve my mother and I stay up all night baking red velvet cakes and pecan pies for the dessert after Christmas dinner.

October 5, 2012 04:47 PM
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Donna Vasser said...

My grandaughter and I baked brownies .

October 5, 2012 04:54 PM
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Christine Hutchins said...

My favorite baking memory is when I worked in a Cookie Store and I baked cookies for 15 years; I really loved my job. Every year for the Christmas season all of the employees would work from the Saturday after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. We worked 16 hour days, 7 days a week and only had two small ovens, however, we managed to sell many thousands of dozens of cookies. I had a fun time working with friends.

October 5, 2012 04:59 PM
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Minivanmama said...

My favorite memory is of baking pumpkin mini muffins with luscious cream cheese frosting for family gatherings at Thanksgiving. One year, we noticed that my teenage nephew had a growing pile of muffin wrappers near his plate and when asked about how many muffins he had eaten, he smiled and replied, “I don’t know……they’re just sooooooo good!” Now that’s a compliment!

October 5, 2012 04:59 PM
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Kathleen Erbe said...

O do I have a story. I just moved from NAU family housing, and into a very nice area. I joined the Continental Country Club, and low and behold there was a $100.00 pie contest, and well I entered, and it was the Fourth of July, and wow, summer, and the colors, and I live in Flagstaff, Az., at 7,000ft., and our fruits are not so fresh, but this time they won us the contest.
I used Philadelphia Cream Cheese, in the tub, and layered fruit throughout the pie. I started with a White Chocolate, praline pecan bottom, and then layered fresh strawberry preserves, blueberry, and yes cherry from the can. The blueberry was fresh.
The greatest part of this contest was my 16 yr. old daughter helping and actually designing the pie.
First time ever that she wanted in on the cooking. I love to cook, and so this was a bonding, and we won.
I never tasted the pie until it won, and I got a sliver, but wow was it tremendous. So this is my story, and I love you website. Kathy Erbe

October 5, 2012 05:05 PM
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Melanie said...

Baking and decorating cookies every Christmas with friends!!

October 5, 2012 05:11 PM
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Jennica said...

My favorite baking memory so far is inventing gingerbread bread pudding at my grandparent’s house. My grandfather was sick and had very specific things he wanted to eat. One of those was gingerbread. We had all the ingredients to make white chocolate cranberry cookies so we quickly adapted and came up with gingerbread bread pudding using the ingredients we had and adding a few more. Being surrounded with family I don’t get to see that much of and having fun inventing new things is a warm memory I will have for a long time.

October 5, 2012 05:16 PM
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Toby said...

My favorite baking memory would have to be trying to recover my friends’ attempt at making my family Tiramisu. The gesture was obviously very kind, but my friends quickly learned that Nilla wafers just don’t work :)

October 5, 2012 05:18 PM
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LeeAnn Volle said...

My favorite baking memory was my Grandma teaching me how to make bread. The yeast just fascinated me. I still get excited whenever I open one of those little yeast packets. It took a good part of the day. I was surprised it took so long to make a loaf of bread. We baked or cooked together many times. She wasn’t the easiest person to get along with.
Thank you for reminding me of one of the better times I had with her. I can’t wait to bake with my grand kids.

October 5, 2012 05:25 PM
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Evee said...

When I was young my family would always make chocolate chip cookies when we, or any of our close friends went on trips. We called them traveling cookies and my dad would always sing “lord I was born a traveling cookie” to the tune of “Ramblin’ Man” by the Allman Brothers Band. I still make traveling cookies and the memory always makes me smile.

October 5, 2012 05:34 PM
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Nicolene said...

I have so many good memories, but one of my earlier memories was using an empty pop can to make silver dollar pancakes. My dad helped me to cut slits all around the pop can, and we “squished” it down a little to open up the spaces. We then used a tealight candle to heat it and once it got hot enough we made perfect little round pancakes on the bottom. It was so much fun :)

October 5, 2012 06:07 PM
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Teresa S said...

As a kid my Mom and Grandmother would always spend a week baking for Christmas. The house was filled with the best smells ever and the variety of pastries available were endless. When my sister moved back we took up that same tradition and spent weekends baking the same holiday favorites passed down to our generation and now to the next generation. We have added a few favorites to the list of Cookies , Krinkel, Candies and Pies but it’s the stories that we would tell that keep the memories alive and those who have passed close to our hearts

October 5, 2012 06:33 PM
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Colleen said...

Baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my mom, using a bunch of my grandma’s recipes.

October 5, 2012 06:37 PM
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Renee Kerr said...

My Grandma – cooking reminds me of her!

October 5, 2012 07:14 PM
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Jess M said...

Baking polish treats with my mom before Christmas always stands out to me as my favorite baking memories!

October 5, 2012 07:19 PM
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Marcia Pryor said...

I love baking and my favorite time of the year is Christmas. I start mixing and shaping Christmas cookies in Oct. I place them in freezer bags and tuck them in the freezer. By November my freezer is full of 20 different kinds of cookies. I start baking them the first of December. I love giving my friends and family plates of the cookies. Last year I included kitchen towels I had embrodiered with the saying ” Christmas cookies
Happy Hearts This is how the Holiday Starts”. Everyone enjoys the homebaked goodies.

October 5, 2012 07:32 PM
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Hedgie said...

My most memorable memory in baking is seeing the smiles of the people who eat the treats i make them. my heart is holding the many pictures of smiles my eyes have caught. :)

October 5, 2012 08:15 PM
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Danielle D said...

Baking with my grandmother. She made these amazing chocolate pudding brownies that are still a tradition in our family.

October 5, 2012 08:49 PM
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Chau said...

My favorite baking memory was last year when I was baking in the borrowed kitchen of my college friend with her and about 5 others. We made pumpkin cheesecake and creme caramel, and then spent the night playing board games and chowing down on desserts (we never seem to have ‘real’ food at these get-togethers for some reasons). The weather was chilly. The kitchen was tiny. We were standing pretty much back to back, and shoulder to shoulder, trying to whip up these concoctions, then later on all sprawled on the floor playing games and laughing until the walls shook (not literally, of course). Good times!

October 5, 2012 08:59 PM
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R. Elvenia said...

Having my grand daughter help me and getting her hands all
messy with dough

October 5, 2012 09:46 PM
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Emma said...

My favorite baking memory is when I would help my Mom make all the different holiday cookies. And taste testing them as we went!

October 5, 2012 09:47 PM
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Christine Hernandez said...

I grew up in a large family of 7 children, the entire month of December was spent watching the classic christmas cartoons & baking christmas cookies with my mom & siblings. We baked up large amounts to give away to friends & neighbors at the end of each baking session there were large amounts of flour, sugar & colored sprinkles to be swept up. My siblings & I are all grown up & have children & grand children of our own but the tradition of baking lots & lots of christmas cookies continues. I can still see my mother rolling out the sugar cookies for us to decorate. I’ll always remember mom that way.

October 5, 2012 09:53 PM
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Kelly said...

My favorite baking memory is with my Grandmother. During the summers, i would stay at her house and she and I would bake chocolate chip cookies. She always made the best cookies. We would talk about fun things and she would teach me how to cook and bake. I wish I could go back even for just a moment…:)

October 5, 2012 09:54 PM
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Margaret Burns said...

I can still smell the aroma of fresh baked bread coming from my grandma’s kitchen. She would keep a little bit of dough out so that we could fry it in a pan and slather it with homemade butter and strawberry jelly. She lived to be a 102. I still miss her.

October 5, 2012 10:01 PM
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Allie Hundley said...

When I was in middle school and high school, my aunt and I would bake pumpkin rolls every Thanksgiving for our entire family. It always took almost a whole day, and we’d end up with powdered sugar everywhere! The memories and the delicious pumpkin rolls were worth it though!

October 5, 2012 10:10 PM
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Marissa said...

When I was about 5, I got my super long hair just a little too close to the cake batter. And the mixer. It was not fun.

More recently, I made a batch of owl-shaped cookies for my two year old niece and I to decorate. After flooding the cookies and leaving the house for a few hours, I came back to faces finger-drawn on the owls. She just couldn’t wait for me!

October 5, 2012 10:30 PM
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Vanessa said...

Baking apple pie with my grandmother at Thanksgiving. Still continue to use her recipes. Such wonderful memories!

October 5, 2012 10:32 PM
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WANDA S said...

I love the holidays and being in the kitchen with my Mother. She always bakes from scratch and I am her helper. Licking the bowl after the batter is poured into the cake pan is still a treat aft many, many years. I do the same with my daughters now!

October 5, 2012 10:48 PM
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Amy said...

My favorite baking memories are around Christmas time. My older sister and I would spend hours and hours in the kitchen baking cupcakes and cookies for our family and friends. After baking we then would have a decorating contest to see who could make the cutest cupcake. It was so much fun!

October 5, 2012 11:25 PM
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Dana said...

My baking memory is being with my grandmother making Italian holiday treats. She always made tons to give away to friends and family, so of course they always had to be perfect, but she always would put some of the dough aside for me so that I could make my own and learn the traditions. Then the two of us would eat my creations after we were done baking. And during the Christmas season the house always smelled like anise, because we put anise in everything!

October 5, 2012 11:28 PM
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Elaine E. said...

Baking chocolate chip cookies for my brothers. I used to hide half of the cookies so there would be some left by the time my parents got home from work!

October 5, 2012 11:45 PM
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LaDOnna Teverbaugh said...

My favorite memory of baking is the sweet smell in the kitchen and licking the bowl and how sweet it taste

October 5, 2012 11:46 PM
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LaDOnna Teverbaugh said...

sweet smell of cookies

October 5, 2012 11:48 PM
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Linda Withrow said...

My mom and I love to bake for Christmas time. Pecan pies are our favorites, too. We make at least four or five cakes and three or four pies for Christmas dinner and they are loved by everyone. There is always lots of desserts left over to take home.

October 6, 2012 12:06 AM
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Mildred Pierson said...

When I was 5 years old my Mom won a contest (a blender, which I still have at age 65) by stating that jello was so easy to make that her 5 year old daughter could make it standing on a chair beside her :-)

October 6, 2012 12:21 AM
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Amanda Monzon said...

every chance i get to bake creates a new wonderful favorite baking memory for me!! definitely one of them is when i baked a layered lime cake for my grandmother’s birthday and i had to ice and decorate it at the party. all my cousin’s were there watching me and complimenting me on the job well done, but they wanted to help too! some cut fruit, some helped pipe on the lettering, others helped arrange the cake nicely on a platter. it was a combined effort by my grandmother’s grandchildren to help make her a beautiful cake on her birthday :)

October 6, 2012 12:55 AM
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johanna Acosta said...

my most memorable baking memory has got to be during thanksgiving me and my mom bake a pumpkin pie cake semi homemade with toasted walnuts its absolutely delicious : )

October 6, 2012 01:08 AM
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Alicia Scott said...

My favorite baking memory is of baking goodies with my kids on the holidays.. :)

October 6, 2012 01:14 AM
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Jenn B. said...

My mom used to make cream puffs and watching her add ingredients and mixing was my favorite thing to do. I couldn’t wait till I was old enough to help her make them :)

October 6, 2012 02:31 AM
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Brittany said...

The first time my mom allowed me to make cookies on my own, I felt like such a grown up. Unfortunately, at age 11, I didn’t know that olive oil was not a suitable substitute for vegetable oil. Worst cookies I’ve ever tasted, but we still laugh about it today.

October 6, 2012 02:37 AM
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Amanda Pacheco said...

I love Bakerella And cake pops! Thanks so much for your inspirations! My favorite baking memory is going to be making cake pops with my little sister. I’m 22 and she is 7! Its a great way to involve her in helping bake yummy treats and a time I always love to spend with her.

October 6, 2012 02:37 AM
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Rachel said...

My mom and I would bake cookies, brownies, pound cake, and more for our family and friends every Christmas until she passed away last year… Gonna give it my best shot to try to do some baking this holiday season (but it definitely won’t be the same without her!) <3

October 6, 2012 03:12 AM
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Maura said...

Every year on January 6 my mother would bake a cake with three pennies in it for the Feast of the Three Kings. Whoever got a pennie in their cake got to be a king.

October 6, 2012 04:31 AM
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Anonymous said...

We loved making a recipe my mom created called… Monster cookies. Mmmmm talking about it makes me want to go bake some now.

October 6, 2012 04:47 AM
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Carrie Hannah said...

We loved making a recipe my mom created called… Monster cookies. Mmmmm talking about it makes me want to go bake some now.

October 6, 2012 04:48 AM
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CARL ZDEB said...

My favorite baking memories were baking for scouts bake sales.

October 6, 2012 05:20 AM
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Teri Taylor said...

On trips to my grandparents Iowa farm where my grandma kept 3 boys and my grandpa well fed, I remember standing on a stool and “helping” make pies. It didn’t matter what kind, pumpkin, apple, or whatever fruit was ripe at the time. I had my own 4 inch pie pan that I would fill with cinnamon sugar sprinkled pie dough and bake for a treat of my very own! After my grandparents passing, I had my Dad specifically look for “my” pie pan with the criss-cross bottom. It is proudly displayed and used in my kitchen now!

October 6, 2012 05:40 AM
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Mary Jane said...

My mother was a great baker. Amoung things I remember is around the holidays she would make apple, cheese and even poppyseed strudel. The dough, the streching of it over the entire dining room table like a table cloth! And the art of filling it with the fillings and then the task of rolling it. And I always remember the same white pan with red trim that it went into. For some reason I liked the end pieces:) Just one of many baking memories!

October 6, 2012 06:08 AM
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Jo Anne Walker said...

Baking with my mother at Christmas

October 6, 2012 06:28 AM
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SANDRA MAKUAOLE said...

I was the baker in oir family. I learned to decorate cakes at the YWCA and just had fun. One thing the did not work? I added green food color to my Angel Food cake and my vanilla pudding for St Patrick’s Day. The results were a sickening color green. They still tasted the same but no one would eat them.

October 6, 2012 07:23 AM
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Tony L. Culler said...

i like it

October 6, 2012 07:41 AM
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Yuchen said...

One of my favorite baking memories is when my roommates and friends decided to do a cookie exchange. There were 4 of us that lived in a house and we all baked different cookies. The baking lasted the entire day and the house smelled absolutely delicious. The exchange was fantastic–so many cookies! This will definitely be an annual event! =)

October 6, 2012 08:05 AM
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Brianna R. said...

I liked making sugar cookies with my sister. There is a 12 year age difference between us so I was older trying to help her out with the cookie cutters and the rolling pin! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

October 6, 2012 08:21 AM
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Angie Rufty said...

My mom and I would make Christmas cookies every year when I was little. Now that I have children of my own, we spend two weekends in November making cookies. It is so wonderful being able to make memories with my mom and children. I hope they remember these cookie days like I remember them from when I was a little girl.

October 6, 2012 08:24 AM
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Leslie Volz said...

My best memory is the year that my Mom and sister came to my house for a week of baking Christmas cookies. The both live out of town and it is not easy to get us all together. We each came with 7 of our favorite recipes, my husband kept our six kids busy and we baked and laughed and baked. It was fabulous!

October 6, 2012 08:48 AM
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joanne wagner said...

Baking Christmas cookies with my favorite person. My Mom!

October 6, 2012 09:13 AM
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Anne said...

Making carrot cake cupcakes for my research mentor’s baby shower with my then-roomie and her boyfriend. Grating endless amounts of carrots together gave rise to a lot of bugs bunny-on-speed jokes. Have never had that much fun making carrot cake since!

October 6, 2012 09:32 AM
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Lea said...

My best memory is when my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and family came for Thanksgiving and we made it a long weekend of Christmas baking. We took time out to shop on Friday, but spent the rest of the time making goodies. We had the best time!

October 6, 2012 10:10 AM
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Amy S said...

I used to bake chocolate chip cookies with my mom.

October 6, 2012 10:45 AM
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Tay said...

My favorite baking memory doesnt even involve actually baking. Looking for something to bake for the holidays, I found my grandma’s old recipe tin. She passed away when I was 2 so finding her recipes, in handwriting so similar to my own, made me feel closer to her somehow. (I ended up making her creme de menthe bars. delicious)

October 6, 2012 11:11 AM
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McKenzie said...

I made memories with my mother sitting on the counter as she made morning biscuits. Watching her make and roll the biscuits out. Her stopping to give my instructions, and to dap flour on my nose. But My fondest memory is more recent. I have to little Nieces who are my heart and soul. And ever Christmas since they were old enough to understand baking they have been helping me decorate ginger bread men, cupcakes, sugar cookies, cake pops. Gahh anything. I love to watch their little eyes light up when I walk in with my shopping bag. They know its a squeal “ANNIE MAC ITS TIME TO GET ON OUR APRONS!” And I mean they scream running through the house searching for their aprons. I love my nieces. Since I’m getting married in five days, it’s time that I include my soldier in on the memories, one day with our own kids. ( and my nieces too). Who else is going to show my kids how to have a good time besides their cousins. file:///C:/Users/Kenzie/Pictures/aprons2.jpg file:///C:/Users/Kenzie/Pictures/aprons.jpg My girls so excited to get started!

October 6, 2012 11:27 AM
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Elisa said...

When I was engaged, a dear older friend of mine taught me how to make pie crust and all kinds of pies! I had never learned growing up, and my future husband was and still is, a huge pie lover! Those were special afternoons spent in her kitchen.

October 6, 2012 11:29 AM
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Mathew B said...

My baking memory is when my mother went out of town for the weekend and it was my father, brother and I left to cook for ourselves. My father ended up cooking the most interesting form of eggplant parmesian, but it still tasted half way decent.

October 6, 2012 11:31 AM
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Joe said...

My favorite memory is something simple… baking pies with my family for Thanksgiving. Apple pies, pecan pies, cherry pies… Delicious!

October 6, 2012 11:37 AM
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Rocio said...

When I was a Kid my mom used to work making delicious cakes and cookies for a dinner, it was fabulous to wake up at 6 in the morning with the yummy smell here in the house.

October 6, 2012 11:46 AM
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Mary Peddycoart said...

coca cola chocolate cake is the best

October 6, 2012 11:52 AM
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Laurel said...

One of my favorite memories was going to the apple orchard and picking out all our apples for the pies that we would be baking the next day. Yumm, yumm with fresh whipped cream!!

October 6, 2012 11:58 AM
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Craig Baldwin said...

My sweet baking memory is baking with my daughter. She asked me if we could bake cakepops so i said yes. We went to michaels and got all of the suplies( including your book). The turn out was amazing and delicious. I am so proud of her. She still bakes out of your book, and if she isn’t baking she is looking through it admiring it.

October 6, 2012 01:02 PM
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Paul L said...

My favorite memory is of my mom baking brownies for me to share with the kids in the new neighborhood when we first moved in. They were a big hit and I remember moms were coming over for the recipe. I think we both made a lot of friends!

October 6, 2012 01:18 PM
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Lisa Morrow said...

I love baking brownies with my daughter during the holidays. She would always share with her dog and friends!!!

October 6, 2012 01:39 PM
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Jennifer said...

The women in my family get together every Christmas eve to bake cookies all day! We started this tradition when I was very young, and it’s still my favorite. We make neopolitan cookies, chocolate crinkles, cookie press cookies, mocha nut balls, and many more. It’s always a blast, and we make new memories every year!

October 6, 2012 02:11 PM
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lknott said...

My favorite baking memories is my Mom at Christmas time. We didn’t have much money but with three sisters we were good help! Mom would make out a list of all the people that had helped us, been nice to my family, or just needed a friend and we made up boxes of baked goodies to deliver. We covered the shoe-boot-grocery boxes in Christmas paper and filled with homemade cookies, candies, breads, or jam made ealier. Mom’s sinature treat was a White English Walnut Nut bread!! We also made Anise candy with red coloring to “brighten up the tray”. What fun to make and even more fun to deliver!!!

October 6, 2012 02:13 PM
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