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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  • One entry per person. You must live in the U.S. for this one (I’m sorry my international friends) and be 18 or over, too to be eligible to win.
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Good luck guys and I can’t wait to read your baking memories.


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heather said...

I have so many wonderful memories of baking during the holidays with my grandmother, but my favorite one is very recent. I baked all our special family treats standing in my kitchen with my 80 yr old grandmother and my 8 yr old daughter. My mother took pictures so I had four generations of family women together, nothing better than that.

September 24, 2012 07:26 AM
Ginger said...

My grandparents made all sorts of candy very Christmas. I loved it! Everything from orange slice candy to peanut brittle. Good memories!

September 24, 2012 07:27 AM
Cheryl Roy said...

Trying to make our own pie crusts. My mom and aunt and I had a ball. We made a lot of pie crusts but only a few could be used :D

September 24, 2012 07:27 AM
Sherry Grant said...

My favorite baking memory is our annual baking marathon to make loads of cookies and package them to give to friends and family sy Christmas Time.

September 24, 2012 07:27 AM
Cindy said...

This time of year is my favorite time for baking. My best memories are made each year after my entire family goes apple picking. We pick bushels of apples and from then on have a baking frenzy. Apple dumplings, apple turnovers, apple pies, apple cake. You name it, we’re baking it. And it rolls right on over to Thanksgiving and Christmas. The feeling I get from the smells in my home from baking can always take me back to another memory.

September 24, 2012 07:28 AM
Jenny M said...

WOW, what a great giveaway… thanks! When I was little, I used to help make pies with my nana. She always used to slice the crust scraps into strips, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar, then bake them for me. So yummy! She is no longer with us, but I now do that for my son and he loves it!

September 24, 2012 07:28 AM
Rachel said...

My favorite baking memory was when I was baking with my mentor and we made a lot of cookies…. too many to eat before they went stale, in fact! And too many to decorate… Oh well. (:

September 24, 2012 07:29 AM
diane r said...

my favorite baking memory is~and will always be of the day before Thanksgiving….. the day we call “pie day”. Thanksiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it’s not a gift-exchanging holiday, but it’s about everyone simply enjoying the gift of being surrounded by family and friends.
I host Thanksgiving dinner each year for anywhere between 15 and 25 people, and the day before all of the ‘girls’ come over and we make all of the desserts for the following day. It started with my own three daughters when they were very small, and each year someone else wanted to be involved–a girlfriend, a cousin, an aunt-a sister, and it got to the point where it became a tradition. We order pizza and spend the day in the kitchen singing, dancing, laughing and recalling memories that we have all shared together. And we officially open the holiday season that day, too, so there is always lots of holiday music playing.
We get a lot accomplished as far as preparing for the big meal the next day, but we also have that opportunity to bond and to just have fun in the ktchen together laughing and enjoying one anothers company.
I am SO happy that it’s become a tradition that these women look forward too! I have a 5-year old granddaughter now, and she has been involved in “pie day” right from the start~~sitting on the table in her baby seat, and she looks forward to this day, too. I appreciate that my daughters continue to make these memories with me-and with my granddaughter….it lets me know that these times ARE special!

September 24, 2012 07:29 AM
Kimberly said...

Picking one favorite baking memory is akin to picking my favorite child. Some of this family’s best times have been while making sugar cookies, gingerbread houses, and other assorted holiday treats :)

September 24, 2012 07:29 AM
Amy G said...

The best memory I have is my Grandmothers kitchen, making coffee cake with butter icing.

Learning the tricks of the trade and getting to lick the bowl is something I will hold dear forever.

And when ever I am feeling down it is still my go to comfort recipe!

September 24, 2012 07:30 AM
Missy S said...

My sister and I always baked cookies at Christmas with our mom when we were munchkins, now we have continued that with our own kids. We have added cake pops to our cookie trays that we give out, everyone loves them!

September 24, 2012 07:30 AM
Elizabeth Ann said...

I loved making Christmas cookies with my grandmother every year! :-)

September 24, 2012 07:31 AM
Lauralee said...

My Mom was a wonderful pie baker! Her apple pie was the best I’ve ever eaten and was enjoyed regularly by family and friends for many years. She taught my sister and I her ‘secrets’ and now we are both known far and wide for our pies too. Prizes have been won over the years and every kind of pie has graced our tables, both sweet and savory. Such a legacy!

September 24, 2012 07:31 AM
KaySue said...

My favorite baking memories come from spending time in the kitchen with my mom – baking and frosting Christmas cookies, and making other special holiday treats for family and close friends.

September 24, 2012 07:31 AM
Darla B said...

My favorite memories of baking would definitely be around Christmas time when I can remember baking with my children. Now I bake with my grandchildren and it is a very exciting time for all.

September 24, 2012 07:31 AM
Janet Swanson said...

I loved watching my mom roll out the cookie dough and cut shapes with the cutters, and I always wanted to help.

September 24, 2012 07:32 AM
Oregonjudy said...

Every year I design a new gingerbread house and my granddaughters help me construct it. On New Years day they get to eat whatever is not rock hard.

September 24, 2012 07:33 AM
Judy R said...

Baking Christmas cookies with my oldest granddaughter.

September 24, 2012 07:33 AM
Elizabeth Higginbotham said...

Any baking or cooking with my kids is my favorite time in the kitchen. My daughter and I made Reese’s pieces cookies together on Saturday, and I just love teaching her and just being with her. And my son is so busy with football and school, any time I get to spend with him is fabulous!

September 24, 2012 07:33 AM
Katie said...

My mother isn’t much of a baker so my sister and I are trying to make some family traditions. We bake together every Friday the month of December and exchange cookies. It has been so nice to spend quality time together during such a busy time of year.

September 24, 2012 07:33 AM
sabrina said...

Every year for Christmas , my mom and all of us kids would bake and decorate about 36 dozen cookies to give as gifts. We always did the family butter cookie recipe and the gingerbread men… but we always had a couple of new cookies each year. My mom died 6 yrs ago and baking is not quite the same without her.

I try to keep the tradition alive by baking with my kids and all of our friends and family. We don’t make quite as many cookies as we did with my mom, but we add our own new twist by making candies as well now.

September 24, 2012 07:34 AM
Janelle B. said...

I’m fortunate to have so many baking memories:-) My mom and aunt would both take off a day of work to bake all of my grandma’s famous recipes, cardomon braid, Danish pastry, spritz, krumkakke, marzipan strawberries. I would always say I wasn’t feeling well on that day so my mom would keep me home from school because I wanted to help bake all the treasured treats.

Now the tradition has changed to my mom, brother and I have our rockstar baking day… I’m looking forward to having my son be apart of our family tradition with our family trade recipes.

September 24, 2012 07:35 AM
April W said...

I was thinking about this baking with my mom as a kid we would make pumpkin and apple pies at both thanksgiving and Christmas then take the scraps of cookie dough and make cookies and all of us kids would get to decorate them with any candies we found in the cupboard. this was are favorite part we would wait and hope there was enough for cookies and there always was. Now my kids do that as well if I can keep them from eating it raw. lol. I do wish my mom lived closer so we could all do this but with hubby in the military its just important to keep up traditions.

September 24, 2012 07:35 AM
Sonja said...

I love baking cookies with my three kids. It is so fun to have them help measure ingredients and make the batter then watch the cookies bake. Of course the best part is getting to taste the finished product!

September 24, 2012 07:36 AM
Martha said...

I remember baking during the holidays with my Mom. Looking back, we don’t know how she found the time given everything else going on. Special memories that I will always remember!

September 24, 2012 07:36 AM
m said...

My favorite baking memories are the ones I have and the ones I make when baking with my mom and grandmother.

September 24, 2012 07:36 AM
Elise Oldenburg said...

I am the pie maker for Thanksgiving and I have always enjoyed making them with my mother when I was little. :) that and Christmas cookies were always a favorite time also

September 24, 2012 07:36 AM
serena said...

loved making cutout cookies with my mom at christmas!

September 24, 2012 07:37 AM
Allison said...

I always love baking with my mom at Christmas. She’s the queen of the cutout cookie and every surface would be covered in some kind of baked good!

September 24, 2012 07:37 AM
Amy G said...

Holiday baking with my mom, she makes over a dozen kinds and doubles or triples each kind!! Friends and family LOVE getting her cookie trays around the holidays. Now my 7year old daughter helps and it’s extra special :)

September 24, 2012 07:38 AM
Julie said...

My favorite baking memory is baking Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve with my Mom. We took “gift plates” of cookies to all of our neighbors. I loved it so much that I’ve started the tradition with my 2 children.

September 24, 2012 07:39 AM
andrea said...

I remember the women in my office and I would gather just before Christmas. The hostess would roll out the sugar cookie dough and the rest of us would paint cookies. Some were pretty scary looking, but we alwayshad a good time! We’re all working in different places now and the hostess has moved to another city. We fondly remember those memories.

September 24, 2012 07:40 AM
Heidi said...

I have always loved to bake with my mom. Now I treasure the times I am baking with my daughter. She is simply the best assistant ever! Now at 5 she is able to read the measurements needed and is by far the best self proclaimed “egg cracker”…She has her own apron and mixing utensils! One day while baking recently she said…”Mom I LOVE baking with you.” Best memory ever :)

September 24, 2012 07:40 AM
Lindsay said...

Just after I started dating my now husband in college, the baking bug hit me. He bought me a starter set of decorating bags and tips, and we made Halloween cupcakes together. He would never be interested in helping with that kind of thing now, but I still use some of the pieces of that original decorating set!

September 24, 2012 07:41 AM
Joan said...

Baking cookies with my children

September 24, 2012 07:41 AM
Kristin (Baker Bettie) said...

A few years ago I started a small cookie business from my home. That Christmas, a company asked if I would do their corporate Christmas gifts, they would be ordering 200 dozen cookies. I agreed and somehow the order turned into 500 DOZEN! All of my family and friends pulled together to help out. We were baking for days on end, but it was so fun (and exhausting)! I still cannot believe we cranked out 6,000 cookies out of my little apartment oven! Definitely my favorite baking memory because it made me realize how much baking truly is my passion.

September 24, 2012 07:42 AM
Jessica E. said...

All my most special baking memories took place with my grandmother. She basically taught me how to cook when I was very young. It started with the perfect pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches! Bu my most favorite memory is when I graduated from high school my grandma finally walked me step by step through my family’s favorite recipe, pepper soup (think stuffed pepper in soup form, but more awesome). It was one of those dishes that everyone in my family loves and is the definition of comfort food for all of us. But the only catch, only my grandmother knew how to make it because there was no recipe. Until I graduated from high school and my grandma walked me through the dish, step by step and I wrote every little movement she made down. Best (cooking) memory EVER!! (Sorry, I went for cooking instead of baking…but I learned to cook first, then I learned to bake!)

September 24, 2012 07:42 AM
Georgi said...

When we were able to host Thanksgiving for the first time in our big new house, all the family came to town. We stayed up late Wed. night baking pumpkin pies, apple cranberry pie and apple cake. When we were finished we laid them all out on the dining room table and took way too many pictures. No family gathering is complete without a picture of the food:)

September 24, 2012 07:42 AM
Trish P said...

My grandma and I used to make fudge every winter….now I continue the tradition and mail Carr packages to all our friends!

September 24, 2012 07:42 AM
Melanie Nevins said...

I remember every Christmas these wonderful little sugar cookie people that my best friend’s mom used to make. She made a special cookie for each person and piped their name on the front. I always looked forward to getting those cookies. :)

September 24, 2012 07:42 AM
Barb Bucher said...

plastic wrap and the little bow, my mom always did that!

September 24, 2012 07:43 AM
Angie said...

My mom is an amazing baker, cook, heck she is just plain amazing! I can remember her teaching me how to make apple crisp for my dad, as it was his favorite, just like it was yesterday. Quite possibly, I might have used apple crisp as a way to convice my dad to let me do something when I was a teenager.

September 24, 2012 07:43 AM
BusyBee said...

My grandmother would always take her pie dough scraps, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar and bake them for me…loved finding them when I came home from school.

September 24, 2012 07:43 AM
Terry Golson said...

Each year instead of a Thanksgiving dinner, I have a Sunday After Thanksgiving Pie Party. I bake about a dozen different varieties of pies, savory and sweet, about 20 pies in all. Each year I look forward t choosing the pies, and then to the week of baking, and finally the relaxed Sunday with friends and family. So, it’s not one moment in baking that is my favorite, but this on-going and yet ever-changing tradition that is centered around pie.
Terry at (where you can see menus and photos from pie parties from years past)

September 24, 2012 07:43 AM
Jess B said...

My Bohemian grandmother was a baker and her favorite recipe was kolaches. She made a point to teach her children and grandchildren how to make these delicious little pastries and did so with patience for the little ones. However once you were older she expected a bit more precision and often would have you reroll the dough balls if you started to get sloppy. It taught us pride in our baking and prevented any of us from being slim. Fat and happy to the last.

September 24, 2012 07:43 AM
Margaret Mary said...

My dad has a few specialties and I especially remember making pizzas with him decades ago before there was a pizza place on every corner. Good times!

September 24, 2012 07:44 AM
Melissa said...

I love creating new recipes and it always makes me happy when my friends think they’ve turned out well.

September 24, 2012 07:44 AM
Rachel said...

I just love that moment when you first flip over an upside down cake. No matter how many times I make my favorite pear-rosemary-butter-rum upside down cake I never cease to be surprised by how beautiful it looks when I flip it over on to a plate.

September 24, 2012 07:45 AM
Susan P said...

You specifically mention using margarine. Have you ever tried making them using butter? Just wonder if it negativey affects it? Growing up, we always looked forward to making sprtiz cookes with my mom. Thanks!

September 24, 2012 07:45 AM
Vicki Bensinger said...

When I was a little girl my grandmother lived with us. In fact she shared a room with me. We were very close. The two of us would sit together and bake all sorts of things from sweet to savory. Those were my favorite days and I’m quite certain it’s where my passion for cooking came from.

I cook with my children and teach others now just as my grandmother taught me. I look forward to the day that I can sit down with my grandchildren at the kitchen table and spend quality time with them while baking up delicious treats together.

September 24, 2012 07:46 AM
Rachel S said...

We didn’t bake much in our house growing up, but in the past few years pumpkin whoopie pies have become a cherished favorite! We love to make them while a Christmas movie is playing on our little kitchen TV :)

September 24, 2012 07:46 AM
Jen said...

I always helped my dad make pralines for Christmas gifts. After college, I decided to try them myself. Big fail. Apparently Dad knows the perfect way to make them. :)

September 24, 2012 07:46 AM
MelissaB said...

my favorite baking memory is of my mom and sisters making x-mas cookies. my dad would make the best homemade hot cocoa.

September 24, 2012 07:46 AM
deb said...

Baking Christmas cookies with my Mom every year….a full 2 day event! We would make probably 10 different recipes, with the favorite being the sugar cookie Christmas cutouts, frosted and decorated!

September 24, 2012 07:47 AM
Gina said...

My mom and I used to bake dozens of cookies every Christmas when I was little. I also would go over to my Nana’s house and help her. My job was to dip the Italian cookies into the glaze. :)

September 24, 2012 07:47 AM
Ann said...

My favorite baking memory is of my husband baking me a gluten free milk free birthday cake! My husband does not cook or bake and to see him standing in the kitchen – measuring and mixing just for me was the sweetest thing a girl could ask for. :)

September 24, 2012 07:47 AM
Melissa said...

When I was little, I always tried to spend as much time as possible at my Aunt Marty’s house. We would make tacos and she’d let me drink Pepsi – which I never got at home? We always baked something, usually chocolate chip or sugar cookies. I remember asking her once if I was making the cookies the right size. Her perfect response? “They’re your cookies, baby. Whatever size you make them is the right size.”

September 24, 2012 07:47 AM
Clarissa said...

Growing up in a Chinese family, we didn’t bake a ton or have a lot of sweets. That is until I started baking and learned to love and depend on butter. But my mom would always make the lightest, fluffiest and best chiffon cakes for potlucks.

September 24, 2012 07:48 AM
Tina B said...

My favorite baking memory is baking Christmas cookies with my mom, sister-in-law, and now our girls every year. We make enough for everyone to share.

September 24, 2012 07:49 AM
Fatima said...

One of my favorite baking memories is when I made lemon sugar cookies with royal icing with my little brother (He’s ten) They tasted out of this world amazing (Better than the cookies of the tin they were placed in!) in the shape of little ducks and stars…. :)

September 24, 2012 07:50 AM
Brittany said...

My favorite holiday memories are baking Christmas cookies with my Nana every year. They head to Arizona in October now, so my mom and I have carried on the tradition.

September 24, 2012 07:50 AM
Kristin said...

My grandma and I would bake apple pies and she had the cutest mini pie tins that she would give me scraps of dough to roll and make my own pies with. I cherish that memory every time I bake!

September 24, 2012 07:50 AM
Molly said...

Like many people, my best baking memories are from the Christmas season. As a kid, one of our favorite days each year was when we decorated gingerbread men. Now I do it each year with my own children. It’s such a special time!

September 24, 2012 07:51 AM
Jamila said...

Making shortbread cookies with my grandma..

September 24, 2012 07:51 AM
Karen Ladwig said...

Years ago my son, his wife and baby lived with us for about a year. Every evening she and I went out to the kitchen to see what sort of dessert we could whip up. No advance planning, no advance purchasing.
There was an apple tree in the yard that mostly fed the birds, but one evening we gathered enough apples to make an apple pie. With home made pie crust . We made it, it was delicious and we have never made another!

September 24, 2012 07:52 AM
Bethany said...

Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, my grandpa would come over and bake Christmas cookies with me, my sister, and my mom. My mom would handle the dough and my grandpa would help my sister and I decorate. Great days!

September 24, 2012 07:53 AM
Andrea said...

My mom’s domain was not the kitchen! My grandmother was a great cook and I was lucky to grow up near her. My sisters and I would always bake and decorate Christmas cookies with her. She let us decorate however we liked.

Today, my two teenagers love to bake! In the summer they are always finding recipes to try. In fact, my daughter is baking more bread when she gets home from school today. One day, I hope that they have fond memories of our family time in the kitchen.

September 24, 2012 07:53 AM
Karen Wilson said...

My Mom never liked my sister, brother, or me in the kitchen while she was cooking or baking, so I had to make my OWN baking memories. I now LOVE to bake, and I have my special recipes that I make every Christmas as gifts….everyone looks forward to them. They are the ones that are too special to make any other time of the year, no matter how delicious they are…you know the ones!!!

September 24, 2012 07:53 AM
Lisa N said...

My mom and I used to make our own homemade sugar cookie dough. We would make them as cut out cookies and every year I got to decorate them however I wanted using colored icing and lots of fun sprinkles. I am carrying this tradition on with my two beautiful kids and putting my own touch on them as well. I’m adding lollipop sticks to the cookies and they’re becoming cookie pops. The kids love eating them like lollipops.

September 24, 2012 07:53 AM
Bobbie L said...

My favorite memories are of my grandmother’s cookies. She loved baking cookies and would make a bunch every Holiday. I try to make cookies and baked things for loved ones every year.

Thanks for the chance!


September 24, 2012 07:53 AM
Stephanie Ellis said...

Baking Christmas cookies and making Buckeyes every Christmas with my mom and sisters! Thanks!

September 24, 2012 07:54 AM
Megan N said...

Definitely days of my youth, growing up and learning to bake with my mom.

September 24, 2012 07:55 AM
MK said...

My favorite memory occurs at Christmas when my grandmother and mother showed me how to make HOUSKA!

September 24, 2012 07:55 AM
Cindy W said...

When we were little, my mom would make a HUGE batch of sugar cookie dough. She would cover the dining room table with waxed paper and help us roll out the dough, cut it out with lots of Christmas shapes and then bake them. After they had cooled, we got to frost them ourselves. She made lots of bowls of diferent colored frosting and had lots of sprinkles, etc. to put on them. When we were done, the dining room was covered in frosting and so were we, but we got to eat some not so pretty but really tasty Christmas cookies.

September 24, 2012 07:56 AM
Katie said...

My favorite bakimg memory is last Christmas making cookies with 4 generations of women. Such fun..and good treats!

September 24, 2012 07:56 AM
Deb said...

My favorite baking memory is fairly recent – I spent time with my granddaughter and we shared baking skills, recipes and a lot of laughter – just the best time together!

September 24, 2012 07:56 AM
Jessie S. said...

Living in Northeast PA, when Christmas rolls around the outside becomes the perfect freezer and cooler for baking. Every year my mom would gather all the kids, cousins and neighbors together in our tiny kitchen and makes dozens and dozens of cookies. We would make chocolate chip, peanut butter, pumpkin rolls, sugar cookies and more. As each batch would come out of the oven we would take them outside to cool and by the end of the night the yard would be full of tables of cookies :)

The best part is that they were always hard and needed a good glass of milk to help them go down, but the memories I have are delicious.

September 24, 2012 07:57 AM
Kristin said...

One of my favorite baking memories is when I was in high school, my Aunt showed me how to make her apple pie. I still use her recipe to this day.

September 24, 2012 07:57 AM
Kathy said...

Every year my sisters-in-laws and my mother in-law get together for cookie exchange. We each bring a dozen for everyone, then we bake mini pecan pies on the day of the exchange. We order chinese food and enjoy spending time together not so rushed!!

September 24, 2012 07:59 AM
Paige S said...

My mom is usually the baker in our family but not at the holidays. My dad always makes the desserts: pecan and mincemeat pies. He even makes the crust from scratch! I remember making pies the day before Thanksgiving every year growing up. It’s a special memory I keep in my heart!

September 24, 2012 07:59 AM
Stacey said...

My favorite baking memory as a child the day after Thanksgiving is when all the holiday baking of cookies would start.

September 24, 2012 08:00 AM
Cheryl said...

Whenever my mom made bread (which wasn’t often), she got the biggest bowl imaginable, and when it was time to punch it down, it was the kids’ job. We had a great time popping the bubbles and getting out our aggression on the dough, rather than our siblings!

September 24, 2012 08:00 AM
Lillian said...

My father was an avid baker. As you know, baking is a science of precise measurements and timing. Well, he is a baking genius because he never used recipes and made all of his own bread doughs and cake and cookie batters. I could never dream up of a baking recipes like he did, but he has inspired me since I was little to try to be original and to not always follow the recipe to make it my own.

September 24, 2012 08:00 AM
Heather H. said...

learning to make sugar cookies with my grandma :)

September 24, 2012 08:00 AM
Jennifer said...

My favorite baking memories are with my Mom who passed away in 2010……..baking pies is one that stands out……..she taught me to sprinkle strips of the pie crust scraps with cinnamon & sugar, roll them up, and bake them so we could enjoy a treat while waiting for the real dessert. I still do this to this day!

September 24, 2012 08:01 AM
Theresa said...

Fall does it to me! First I would go to a local craft store to get all psyched up looking at the fall decorations and then I’d be more than in the mood to start baking. I was the official pumpkin roll maker in our family. Something about the smell of those spices and pumpkin. Yummmm!

September 24, 2012 08:01 AM
tinaehb3 said...

My Mom wasn’t a baker…but when we had a little extra money should would treat us to a roll of Nestles chocolate chip cookie dough. My sister and I usually ate half of it before it made it to the oven :) I smile every time I pass that at the grocery store!

September 24, 2012 08:01 AM
Janine ( said...

My favorite memory is the first Christmas that I made Christmas tree cake pops and gingerbread men sugar cookies. The gingerbread men came out looking like obese blobs but the treats were a hit. That’s where I got my start decorating sweets.

September 24, 2012 08:02 AM
Cathy said...

Mom used to bake sugar cookies for my sisters and I. We would cut them out for the holiday at hand and frost them. Many good sister/mom moments spent frosting and decorating. My daugther and I continue this tradition. I hope she remembers these times as fondly as I do.

September 24, 2012 08:02 AM
Mary said...

My mother and I would make Christmas cookie gift baskets for all my father’s clients and co-workers at Christmas time. We made so many kinds each year and loved pouring over the cookbooks and magazines to determine what we were going to make!

September 24, 2012 08:02 AM
Tami B said...

I can’t pick just one, but practically every Christmas there has been a special time shared in the kitchen with family members, and the really neat thing is that there is at least one memory with each family member.

September 24, 2012 08:02 AM
marcy chaya said...

my favorite memory is baking christmas cookies with my girls for our yearly cookie exchange every year

September 24, 2012 08:02 AM
Julie Lewis said...

My favorite baking memory is with my Mom on Christmas Eve. During the day, we would bake chocolate chip cookies and butterscotch haystacks. I am sure that we baked other things that day as well, but that is what I remember. Now, I bake the same haystacks and other candies/cookies with my kids during the week of Christmas and deliver them to family friends. I LOVE baking!!

September 24, 2012 08:03 AM
Alicia said...

Biscotti with my great aunt

September 24, 2012 08:04 AM
Rhonda Smith said...

I do a lot of baking and enjoy it immensely. I enjoy the time spent when baking with family and love sharing the baked goods with others. One of my most memorable baking experiences was when my son (who is almost 18 now) was in 1st grade. I volunteered to provide the ingredients and help each student make a pumpkin pie for their family for Thanksgiving. I took 2-3 children at a time and helped them mix and prepare their pie for baking. As I worked with one group we got ready to crack the eggs. One of the little girls said “I’ve never cracked an egg before”. This made me sad because I had baked with my children since they were toddlers. I was so glad I had made time to give these children this experience. They had a great time and I felt very blessed to share this time with them.

September 24, 2012 08:04 AM
Naomi said...

I love baking challah with my dad – he is the dough maker, I’m the braider. I haven’t lived at home for over 10 years, but he still sends me pictures when he bakes challah.

September 24, 2012 08:04 AM
tracie wood said...

Baking is one of the ways I show my love for my family. And at Christmas/Yule, I also love making candy. I remember cartying a pan of out-of-the-oven turtles to cool on the table, which happened to be in the carpeted dining room, and yep, they tipped. My husband,very lovingly and without any mumbling or grumbling, spent a loooong time cleaning the caramel out of the carpet!

September 24, 2012 08:04 AM
Virginia Dunn said...

I love baking at the holidays with my grandkids and great grandkids… they love to learn a new recipe and the little ones just want to taste!!!

September 24, 2012 08:04 AM
nicole b. said...

My mom and I used to team up with my godmother and her daughter to bake a zillion Christmas cookies. We’d take one entire (precious!) day out of the craziness that is Christmastime and bake nonstop for hours. We’d take a quick dinner break an then we’d package all of our goodies on Christmas plates we’d collected throughout the year. At the end of that very long day we were always 100% wiped out (and the kitchen was always 100% a disaster zone), but those adorable plates filled with homemade treats made great, heartfelt gifts, and the time spent in the kitchen with those wonderful women is something I’ll always cherish.

September 24, 2012 08:04 AM
Allison said...

Growing up in the South, we didn’t see snow very often. When we did, it would shut down everything. When we got tired from playing in the 1/2 inch of snow on the ground, my sister and I would be allowed to walk on the icy roads to the grocery store down the street to buy chocolate chips for chocolate chip cookies. The cookies were always amazing, but they were especially good after that long walk!

September 24, 2012 08:04 AM
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