I like to bake, and presently there are thousands of recipes on the web under a variety of sources including Pinterest. I love finding a recipe, hitting ‘pin’, and knowing where to find it when I decide to try it.
But, I’m also one who likes recipes that have memories attached.
After my grandfather passed away and I was sorting through things, I ran across some of my grandmother’s recipes in the back of a drawer. I packed them up and took them home with me – treasures to be sure.
To organize them and to preserve them, I put them in a small book.
Today we pin, print, scrapbook, catalog, index – we’re very orderly and use lovely paper.
Yesterday, they used the paper they had and they used it again and again.
This morning with the Christmas tree lights shining bright and carols playing, I decided to check my grandmother’s recipes for one that I remembered. Sure enough, there was one of my very favorite cookies – Angel Crisps. They are very much like a sugar cookie but the recipe calls for half white and half brown sugar so they are a little darker.
The back side of the page with the Angel Crisps recipe also had two additional recipes written on it – Gumdrop Oatmeal Cookies and Ribbon Salad. Waste not, want not.
Although we don’t use peanut butter here on the farm, I love the peanut butter cookie recipe my grandmother used. A sheet of paper was torn off, and a note to her friend, Emma, was written requesting a recipe to be handed off at school from Emma’s daughter, Gertrude, to either my mother or one of her brothers. Emma wrote the recipe on the back of the note and sent it back to my grandmother. Small town community – I love it.
The most important thing about the Angel Crisps is not that they are delicious but that they hold wonderful memories of time spent in the Brookside Farm kitchen with my grandmother. You can’t buy those kind of cookies at your local bakery or grocery store.
Tomorrow afternoon when they return from their 4-H meeting, I’ll share some with the grandkids. Cookies for them from four generations past – now that’s a good thing.
Happy baking memories to you and yours during this holiday season.