Monday, September 24, 2012

Baking Sweet Memories

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

Pecan Pies

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

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

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

Mini Pies

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

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

And keep scrolling for a fun giveaway below…


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

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

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



And now, I’d love for you to share your favorite baking memory.

Holiday or any day.

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


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Jamie G said...

Thanks for the chance to win this great prize! One of my favorite memories of baking was making cookies to give away for Christmas when I was in my old and tiny apartment in college. I had an electric stove and had to unplug the fridge when I used it so I didn’t blow a fuse! The cookies came out great, though.

October 7, 2012 06:00 PM
Emily K said...

Baking Christmas cookies with my grandma every year. She would bake and I would decorate. I’m 26 and still look forward to it every year/

October 7, 2012 06:02 PM
Gigi said...

My mom and I bake pies together every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Those two occasions are really the only time a year we have one-on-one time so I really cherish the memories of those times.

October 7, 2012 06:03 PM
Summer said...

My mom didn’t like or know how to bake when I was growing up, probably because she grew up internationally and never owed an oven til she herself was 30, but I love to bake especially since my adopted grandmama loves to bake for the kids and from her I got the baking bug, my favourite memores about baking all include her in the kitchen during the holidays trying to feed the entire family plus relatives and anyone who stop by during the holidays (especially the carollers!)

October 7, 2012 06:15 PM
Paige Ruggles said...

All of my favorite baking memories include baking with my Nannie. I have been in the kitchen with her for as long as I can remember. Now that I’m grown up, married, a mama, and live far away with my Marine husband, I miss the moments in the kitchen with her. She’s been battling breast cancer for the 3rd time for almost 2 years and I always cherish the moments I can get back in the kitchen with her. I love that she’s taught me the ropes and passed all of her recipes down to me. It is truly a gift that my 3 year old daughter has also had the experience of baking with Nannie.

October 7, 2012 06:38 PM
Pooja D said...

When I was younger, must have been about 9 or 10, my family started a tradition of having a make your own pizza night. Basically we would buy pizza dough from Publix or wherever and everyone in my family would get together to see who would make the best pizza. I remember one day sitting at home, watching tv, when my mother comes in with a bag full of pizza dough. She placed on the counter and announces that today is Pizza Day. Flour was flying everywhere, the counter was a mess, smack talk was being thrown around. But I loved it. It brought my entire family together. In the end, my brother, who had made a white-sauce/Hawaiian fusion pizza, won and even today, he still talks about how he is the best pizza cook. To me, cooking and baking brings people together and that’s what I love about it.

October 7, 2012 06:59 PM
Mandy P said...

My favorite baking memory was when I was in middle school. I tried to bake chocolate chip cookies but used powdered sugar instead of flour. I basically was baking icing. It was such a disaster, but now it’s a funny story.

October 7, 2012 07:04 PM
Karen said...

My favorite memory was baking peanut butter blossoms and making fudge with my sister many years ago. We wore old fashioned aprons and spent the entire day baking to make enough for Christmas giving. I remember catching my son (who was probably 3 years old at the time) biting the tips of the kisses off the cookies! Such a rascal – still is. :o)

October 7, 2012 07:06 PM
Lizzy said...

My Grandma Elizabeth (who my daughter is named after) taught me to bake when I was about 9 or 10. I’ve loved it ever since, by my first “experiments” (including an exploding angel food cake) are my favorite memories.

October 7, 2012 07:07 PM
Beth Stoneking said...

My most favorite memory is making Santa Claus cookies with my grandmother. We couldn.t wait until we were old enough to help decorate! We still make them every year.

October 7, 2012 07:09 PM
Sarah said...

My favorite baking memory was one year attempting to make green Christmas tree sugar cookies with my Granny… needless to say it was a disaster, but a wonderful memory! I hope to make baking memories with my kids, hopefully just a little less disastrous ;-)

October 7, 2012 07:13 PM
Shannon Solberg said...

My favorite time baking is during the holidays with my kids. The table is made into the frosting and sprinkle station. I think my kids have almost as much fun as I do.

October 7, 2012 07:23 PM
Deborah Walsh said...

I remember making chocolate chip cookies with my mother. They were always best hot out of the oven with a large glass of milk. I have continued the tradition baking these delicious cookies with my children. They rarely last long enough to fill the cookie jar.

October 7, 2012 07:26 PM
L Baker said...

I’m notorious for being strict in the kitchen, but a few years ago my dearest friend had an idea we had to try. We covered bananas in peanut butter, rolled them in m&ms, dipped them in brownie batter, put marshmallows on top, and then baked them. To say they were alarmingly unsuccessful is an understatement, but it’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had in the kitchen. We’ve tried several methods over the years, but in the end, there is just no way to cook an entire banana like that and still enjoy it.

October 7, 2012 07:38 PM
Mayra Rubio said...

As a child I remember my mother baking for my older sister and I. She did everything from sugar cookies to cakes. As we grew older my sister took over the baking and became something of the official cake baker in the family. Now a days I am the one doing the baking and am joined by my 3yr old son. Although I am relatively new to the baking bug, he loves it when we are doing cupcakes, mini-cupcakes or just cookies in his favorite characters. I love that even though he is only 3 he gets so excited to help out and immediately pulls up a chair when I ask “You want to bake some cupcakes” He is such a little helper. For his last birthday we worked on some sugar cookies with royal icing and he just loved helping to decorate them lol. He wanted to use all the colors on one cookie :)

October 7, 2012 07:43 PM
Stephanie Y said...

My favorite baking memory was making a holiday yule log (a festive cake that looks like a beautified tree log). It’s a lot of work to make, but it’s an awesome centerpiece for the holidays that doubles as a delicious dessert to end the evening! If you haven’t tried one before, I’d recommend it–it can be really fun!

October 7, 2012 07:51 PM
Karin B said...

My favorite baking memory, when I was 10 and went to bake cookies and I read the receipe wrong and had 22cups of flour instead of 2-2cups of flour not sure why the receipe was written that way but by the time I was noticed I had mixed the flour ,oatmeal and other dry ingredients. Fun thankfully the adults didn’t get to upset.

October 7, 2012 07:56 PM
Sabrina Burden said...

I can remember watching my grandmother bake her caramel cake, which is still my favorite. She took such time and care in everything she did to make that cake. I remember like it was yesterday, but it was some 30 years ago.

October 7, 2012 08:02 PM
Karrie L said...

My family does a baking weekend every December. All 15 of us gather at my Mom’s and bake up a storm. Some of my best memories of my Grandma come from our baking weekends. She taught me so much and developrd my passion for baking. Every year I take a decorated sugar cookie to her grave made just for her.

October 7, 2012 08:07 PM
jackie said...

I’m not a great baker, my mom never baked anything in her life, I have made chocolate chip cookies from scratch and everone is still alive…lol

October 7, 2012 08:18 PM
Darrylin said...

I can remember making all kinds of goodies with my Nana.
Molasses candy that we had to pull and pull. Fudge at the holidays. Thanks for making me reminisce.

October 7, 2012 08:21 PM
Kim H. said...

My favorite memory was when me and my brother would wake up at there would be a pot with chocolate chip cookies and cherry winks. I also remember when it would be snack time at school my mom always bought baked things like brownies or cookies. Everyone loved when it was my turn to bring things or when the holidays came around. Then when my son started school I did the same thing. Always making holiday treats extra special. I didn’t just go out and buy a bag of candy like most parents did. They so loved that.

October 7, 2012 08:36 PM
Jan Allred said...


October 7, 2012 08:40 PM
Sally Waldron said...

My favorite baking memory is making no-bake cookies with my 3 sisters late at night.

October 7, 2012 09:18 PM
Ai said...

My favorite memory is baking holiday cookies with my family!

October 7, 2012 09:21 PM
Jennifer E. said...

My favorite baking memory is baking christmas cookies with my grandmothers as a kid. I would visit both set of grandmas as a child and spend a week with each of them over christmas break. We would bake cookies and I would learn to make their favorite cookie recipes and their techniques for each. To this day I make those cookies every year and make the recipe the exact same way.

October 7, 2012 09:27 PM
Carrie Rhoades said...

My mom always made “Castle” cookies, a pumpkin cookie with butterscotch chips. I loved to help her and now I make them every year myself and it brings back those memories of baking with my mom. And now I am passing it on to my girls.

October 7, 2012 10:01 PM
carla w said...

My favorite baking memory is baking with my niece years ago and giving her the beater to lick the frosting off. Her mother does not bake at all and the poor little thing was so confused and did not know what to do with it.

October 7, 2012 10:11 PM
Rebekah Johnson said...

Baking a jiffy cake mix with my grandma.

October 7, 2012 10:20 PM
N.A said...

I have fond memories of baking Christmas cookies with my too ages in college

October 7, 2012 10:21 PM
Nikki Howser said...

One of my favorite baking memories is making store bought tollhouse cookies with my grandma. I knew when I stayed the night at her house she would have a roll of dough in the fridge waiting…and she always let me sneak some raw dough!

October 7, 2012 10:28 PM
Doris Hodge said...

I have recently retired and would like to pick-up a cookbook to start baking for my children and grandchildren. I have really missed baking those goodies for Christmas.

October 7, 2012 10:34 PM
Pamela Patton said...

I love to bake for others but I don’t have a mixer to stir up the ingredients!

October 7, 2012 10:34 PM
Sharon jones said...

I have always been a baker. Even as a young girl. I used to bake cookies and send them to my brother who was serving in the military. (he said they would be crumbled and he would eat them with a spoon)

October 7, 2012 11:25 PM
Monique said...

I think my favorite baking memory is making spekkoek with my great-grandmother. Spekkoek is an Indonesian layered spice cake. I remember it taking forever because you have to cook each layer in the oven one by one. My great-grandmother passed away in May and I hope to continue making this cake with my kids one day.

October 7, 2012 11:26 PM
Toni said...

I always love to bake around the holidays. Me and my daughter always try new recipes every year. Whether they come out good or not, its always fun to bake!!!

October 7, 2012 11:33 PM
nancy k. said...

My favorite memory has to be teaching my daughter how to cook and bake. and we still enjoy it today.

October 7, 2012 11:36 PM
Sarah-Lois said...

My *FAVORITE* baking memory is definitely my *earliest* memory of being in the kitchen. I had to be no older than 3 or 4 years old, when I “helped” my mom make Oatmeal cookies from scratch. (“Helped”= scooped the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet) :-)

October 7, 2012 11:36 PM
Alex Arellano said...

Growing up, I enjoyed spending time with my mom baking cookies and cupcakes. Although I didn’t do much of the baking, I sure did a lot of the eating.

October 7, 2012 11:48 PM
Julie Miller said...

I had so much fun baking and decorating my wedding cake, it was a wonderful (and stressful!) experience :)

October 8, 2012 12:26 AM
Rachel R said...

We had a fantastic winter baking tradition in my house that always had my sister and I eagerly awaiting the first snowfall. I can no longer remember the name of the picture book, but there was a wonderful story about the first snow of the season and at the end of the book the little boy and his mother would make a delicious chocolate cake. My mother replaced the recipe at the end of the book with her own *amazing* chocolate loaf cake, but the tradition was the same! Those first flakes of snow always meant Dutch cocoa powder, mayo, chocolate chips and that mouth watering chocolate cake smell. The first pieces were always served straight out of the oven. To this day it’s still my favorite winter recipe!

October 8, 2012 12:32 AM
Feliz said...

Every year during Christmas time my mom sister and I make viscochos. Those are Mexican wedding cookies. They sometime get made for weddings not during the holiday season. But to me, the smell of them baking is Christmas. These are the cookies we still leave out for Santa, along with a coke, cause my mom does not like milk.

October 8, 2012 12:39 AM
Ashlee z said...

My 3 year old and I making birthday cakes for birthdays. He loves to help with everything, especially licking the spoon.

October 8, 2012 01:04 AM
Rebecca said...

My mother starts baking the day after Thanksgiving and continues through Christmas Eve when she finishes dipping the last of the chocolate candy. To walk into the house and smell the wonderful smells after school (or now, work) is beyond compare! One weekend day would be devoted to decorating cut out cookies and my three sisters and I would help with this task. The absolute best memory, however, was gathering all of the cookies/candies and packaging them to ship to family/friends or deliver locally. Last year the record number of 705 dozen cookies/candies were produced. (Springfield News Leader 12/21/2011)

October 8, 2012 01:06 AM
Katherine S said...

My favorite baking memory is helping my mom make lemon meringue pie every year for my dad’s birthday, it was so much fun to make, and since dad and I were the only ones that really liked it so we basically got the whole pie to ourselves :)

October 8, 2012 01:09 AM
Rossana said...

MY favorite memory is baking mexican wedding cookies for christmas.

October 8, 2012 01:48 AM
Rossana said...

I love to bake pecan cookies for the holidays!

October 8, 2012 01:50 AM
Ashley said...

One of my favorite memories is when me and my friend decided to bake chocolate chip cookies after school – I think this was 4th grade (many years ago). They quickly burned to a crisp! We later realized that we forgot to turn it from pre-heat to bake – don’t think my current oven has that feature. We never forgot to turn it to bake after that, and to this day we still remember…being so sad about the burnt cookies.

October 8, 2012 01:51 AM
Ashley Johnson said...

Growing up, my older sister and I would always spend a weekend at my grandmothers house. This weekend we would decorate the house for Christmas. Put up the tree, put out the little villages, and my favorite part of all: fudge making. MASSIVE amounts of fudge making. Wonderful memories!

October 8, 2012 02:11 AM
Gwen said...

This post reminds me of our annual Pie Night we hold the night before Thanksgiving. Even though my famille has spread out across the country, we all coordinate our pre-Thanksgiving celebrations and we each bake at least one pie. It’s our own version of tailgating!

October 8, 2012 02:14 AM
Cat Hare said...

My dad always made the best cranberry orange nut bread.

October 8, 2012 03:16 AM
Samantha Wu said...

My best friend and I made oreo cookie cupcakes from scratch (the bakerella recipe!) this past summer as one of the events of many that we spent together. Because she goes to school down in southern california, I only see her three or four times a year. We experimented with many different techniques in piping frosting and created even more memories through laughter and time spent together.

October 8, 2012 03:26 AM
rebecca horkman said...

baking cookies:)

October 8, 2012 07:40 AM
Carol N said...

Making my first batch of cookies wiith my Mom.

October 8, 2012 07:46 AM
Dale Vahlkamp said...

My most precious memory was baking cookies with my kids when they were younger to leave for Santa

October 8, 2012 08:13 AM
shannon buck said...

I love making homemade fudge with my kids. One year we make a delicious mistake and have been purposely making that same mistake every single year!!

October 8, 2012 09:31 AM
Ruth C said...

I think the most memorable time I had baking was when I made oatmeal cookies to sell to earn money for a Girl Scout trip. I must have made three batches that first time and my mom helped me stay up late to bag them all. She took them to work the next day and sold out! I was so proud.

October 8, 2012 09:39 AM
Hannah E said...

Making sugar cookies with my mother for Christmas. :) It’s a holiday tradition I look forward to every year!

October 8, 2012 09:51 AM
April said...

I have two favorite baking memories:

First was baking chocolate oatmeal candies with my mom when I was little (and I still make them with her today; I’m 26). It is my granny’s recipe and they are delicious!

My second favorite memory is baking pumpkin seeds with my mom. She has a recipe that is delicious! That is one of the reasons why I love fall so much…pumpkin time!

October 8, 2012 09:51 AM
Kara A said...

My favorite memory is baking pies, year around with my grandmother. She ALWAYS made her own dough and I distinctly remember her giving me the dough scraps to eat and dip in cinnamon-sugar!

October 8, 2012 09:57 AM
Cheryl I said...

Like many others, my favorite memories of baking are with my mother. We enjoyed baking cookies and pies together, creating many memories along the way. She wrote down many of her recipes in a journal for me. I cherish that journal. :)

October 8, 2012 10:04 AM
Laura said...

I have always loved to bake. Being in the kitchen baking up something has always been a passion of mine. I have many baking memories but one that I remember vividly was Christmas Eve last year when I got up really early and just went to town making goodies. Toffee, peppermint bark, cake pops, mint meringue cookies, chocolate chip etc. I had a field day in the kitchen and loved every second of it. Soon I hope to start my own food blog and do all things food all the time. Cheers!

October 8, 2012 10:15 AM
Margaret said...

I was making Christmas cookies, and had meticulously shaped and rolled in powdered sugar a batch of snowflake crinkle cookies. I carefully carried them to the oven, opened the door to put the cookies in, and promptly banged the cookie sheet into the side of the oven. Needless to say, powdered sugar was everywhere! This is one of my favorite baking memories, and taught me a lesson about just having fun in the kitchen.

October 8, 2012 10:34 AM
David Harte said...


October 8, 2012 10:35 AM
Marie said...

My favorite baking moment is baking bread with my mom when I was growing up. She has been gone a long time but the recipe and tradition is still alive with me, my kids and my grandchildren.

October 8, 2012 11:11 AM
andie said...

My baking memory is with my Grandma. Way back in the day she used to make Divinity for a Christmas treat and I always helped. One of my earliest memories is Grandma saying…”it’s time to make “bird poop”. lol Great time, great memories!

October 8, 2012 11:27 AM
angela Hardin said...

I will forever love baking from scratch with natural ingredients.

October 8, 2012 11:28 AM
a l said...

My first edible effort…blueberry muffins!

October 8, 2012 11:34 AM
Tracy James said...

My grandma was the baker in our family. She made what we call her famous apple pie. My mom and I had the pleasure of spending the day with her learning how to make her apple pie, crust and all.
Grandma always bought a few bushels of apples and made enough pies to last our family for the year. She would make them and freeze most of them to bake later. After my grandma passed away, my mom and I decided to carry on the tradition once all of grandma’s pies were gone. We spent an entire day making homemade crust, slicing apples and putting together pies for our family.

October 8, 2012 11:41 AM
Sandy B. said...

When I was about 10 I spent an entire day (one of the President’s birthdays) making a chocolate igloo.

October 8, 2012 11:50 AM
Priscila M said...

One of my favorite baking memories, was with my friend’s daughter Chandra who was 4 at the time (last fall). We went apple picking on the most beautiful day ever. It was just Chandra and I. Then we took out haul and went home to bake apple pies. Her mom was taking care of her little sister, so Chandra, her dad and I made little apple pies, while her mom took pics of us. There was flour and sugar all over the place. It sure was a fall to remember.

October 8, 2012 11:58 AM
Mars R said...

My favorite baking memory is making pumpkin cookies last autumn with my nieces. There was quite a big mess, but I don’t think we stopped laughing once through the whole mixing and baking process! Not to mention, the cookies were some of the tastiest I’ve ever had.

October 8, 2012 11:59 AM
Meenu said...

My favorite baking memory was when I first baked a cake with my mom. It was soo much fun!

October 8, 2012 12:03 PM
Manny said...

I remember when my daughter was 5, we made a batch of chocolate chip cookies together and had alot of fun

October 8, 2012 12:05 PM
Meera said...

A couple of years ago, me and my younger sister baked a whole bunch of cookies together! We made a mess in the kitchen and had to clean it up, but it was still really great

October 8, 2012 12:06 PM
Mitha said...

Me and my 2 year old daughter made a vanilla cake together last week and had a blast making it…and then eating it :P

October 8, 2012 12:08 PM
Lauren E. said...

I bake with my mom EVERY SINGLE CHRISTMAS. i’ll never forget the year i was about 13 years old when we were just out on our luck, lol we spilled flour and sugar left and right and dropped eggs every 5 minutes lol it was just a huge mess. But by the end of the day even though we were both delusional, overwhelmed and exhausted from all the baking and CLEANING, we had a great time and even more laughs it was all worth it i’ll never forget it!

October 8, 2012 12:21 PM
Hannah Ward said...

My favorite baking memory is back whenI was 5 and instead of getting me an Easy Bake Oven, my mom started letting me bake with the real oven. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship…between me and the oven :)

October 8, 2012 12:21 PM
Mary said...

My best friend in the world, who is not a baker, but loves chocolate cake, asked me to make a cake for her when she visited us. I, of course, said – sure! So, she sent me the pages of the recipe. Literally. Pages. It was a 6 layer cake, with multiple fillings, and a toasted marshmallow top. Whew! But, it gave me the excuse to buy taller cake pans and a culinary torch and a new cake dome. And, I DID make that cake. And it turned out awesome, even if I do say so myself!! :)

October 8, 2012 12:56 PM
Jennifer Halvorson said...

Being in the kitchen with my great-grandmother and grandmother. Neither seemed to mind when I would drag out all of their kitchen tools to play with while they cooked. They always took such care in making sure holidays were special.

October 8, 2012 01:13 PM
susan queen said...

My daughter and I baked cookies as Christmas gifits for family and some friends. We baked Tollhouse Chocolate chip, White Chocolate chip in a chocolate cookie, coconut macaroons. We had the most fun and everyone we brought cookies enjoyed it.
It has become a tradition, that we bring cookies now..

October 8, 2012 01:49 PM
Rose said...

When I was little my Dad bought these delicious coconut macaroons from this little store until it shut down. It was probably nostalgia, but no other coconut macaroons could match the ones from my childhood, so I tried making my own when I was 14. It took years, dozens of recipes, a ton of coconut and quite a few burnt cookies before I made a batch that was just right. Between my Dad and me the cookies only lasted a few hours but it was all worth it.

October 8, 2012 01:59 PM
Leigh Ann Sorrow said...

When I was little my sister always made peanut butter cookies. She would use a fork to mash them down a little and they would have lines on them when they came out of the oven. I always thought they were the best cookies ever. I will now only eat her peanut butter cookies.

October 8, 2012 02:02 PM
Jill said...

Yum Yum Yum and Ho Ho Ho to all of you! Thanks for showing me those delicious Christmas cake pops! I want to make a new memory this year and create them with my Grandson, Tyler!

October 8, 2012 02:14 PM
Rebecca Haworth said...

Baking my families peanut butter pie with my mother each year for my birthday! No regular cake would do!

October 8, 2012 02:19 PM
Caroline said...

My Swedish mom passed away when I was 16. So each Christmas I like to bake Swedish coffee cake, kokosbollar, or pepparkakor with my kids in memory of Grandma!

October 8, 2012 02:44 PM
Cathy said...

my sister and i were still in grade school when we waited for my parents to take a nap before we busted out our weird concoction of ingredients for cookies. our substitution for sugar were the marshmellows from a box of lucky charms. back in the day, those marshmellows were far and few. the cookies came out terribly bland, hard and ugly but they were so exciting to make and we had so much fun making them! :)

October 8, 2012 02:54 PM
Brandy said...

My favorite baking memory is making Christmas cookies, peanut butter balls and fudge with my mom while listening to Christmas music!

October 8, 2012 03:07 PM
paolo said...

i remember my granma used to buy german sugar cookies every christmas and they were delicious… i never found it again

October 8, 2012 03:28 PM
Emily C said...

I think my favorite baking memory is the time I made an amazing chocolate and caramel tart as a Halloween surprise for my parents when they returned home from their vacation. I was in college and went home for the weekend while my parents were away, and left the tart in the fridge as a surprise for when they got home on Monday and didn’t feel like making dinner, let alone baking. (I have to admit that I did steal a piece before I left, though!)

October 8, 2012 03:52 PM
judy brant said...

I enjoy baking for my family and they enjoy eating my bake goods.

October 8, 2012 04:21 PM
Renee said...

My favorite baking memory is baking my son’s first birthday cake. I had never done more than toss together a mix and slap a can of store-bought frosting on top (still in the pan, of course!), but some weird new mom vibe was telling me his first birthday cake had to be special. I bought a shaped pan and icing bags/tips. I searched for the perfect cake and icing recipes. I stayed up all night trying to get it just right. It turned out pretty good for a first try! Little did I know that “voice” would return each year, telling me to make this birthday cake bigger and better. I also was lucky to discover that I had a passion- and a little bit of talent- for it. Five years later, I am baking and decorating for actual income!
It’s nice when those mommy hormones do something good for you, rather than just making you act like a crazy person!

October 8, 2012 04:23 PM
Terry said...

I remember when I was a young boy, my mother baking all the time for my family (there were 9 kids). She always had something special to make. My fondest memories of my mothers baking was her cut out cakes on my birthday. She would ask me what my favorite things were, then at my birthday party she would present to me and all my school friends these amazing cakes, like a huge train, with cake smoke clouds, licorice on the wheels and colorful buttercream with my age on the engine! I bet my eyes were as big as saucers when I saw it. Her baking has always been an inspiration to me as I make all of her amazing quick breads and cakes to this day! I love you mom!

October 8, 2012 04:27 PM
quyen said...

my family didn’t bake much when i was growing up, so my baking memories are of baking for my husband and me. right now I’m obsessed with finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe!

October 8, 2012 04:31 PM
Jennifer Neff said...

My favorite baking memory is one of my husband and I while we were still in high school, where we met. I was making a cake for our favorite teacher, a Superman cake, and I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to decorate it. My best friend (and secret love and future husband) came to the rescue and we had so much fun decorating it together. Fast-forward and 16 years later he still helps me with my baking. He is the best helper ever. :)

October 8, 2012 05:05 PM
Kate said...

Baking with my precious granddaughters every year.

October 8, 2012 05:20 PM
Patricia Corrente said...

I remember when I was a kid at Thanksgiving that my mother, my aunt and I would bake pies. This was the only time I was allowed in the kitchen so it was very special to me. My mother and my aunt are no longer with me so I really miss this alot.

October 8, 2012 05:20 PM
Silvia said...

no one in my family bakes except for myself. i remember one holiday, my sister took it upon herself to make a spice cake. she misread the recipe and swapped baking soda for baking powder and thought the salt was the sugar! so, the cake looked nice enough but tasted like a salty chalky mess. the family bravely smiled and ate tiny slices of cake, until my sister realized her mistake and threw the entire mess in the trash. they’ve left the baking to me from then on!

October 8, 2012 05:29 PM
Katie E. said...

My son decided to intertwine string through every handle and draw throughout my kitchen. After we cut all the string down, my daughter and son decided to make gingerbread houses. The kids were very neat while decorating and even decided to clean up their messes when they were done. :)

October 8, 2012 05:36 PM
Angela E. said...

I remember one Thanksgiving, my daughter, who was 13 at the time, decided to make Thanksgiving dinner all by herself. She made her first turkey, all of the sides, and a ton of gingerbread cookies. They were all very good, but she has decided never to do a turkey again because it took all day ;)

October 8, 2012 05:40 PM
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