Yankee baking

I’m at it again – I’m baking. How can a grandmother resist baking for her grandchildren when the chickens keep producing these gorgeous fresh eggs. Eight eggs from twelve chickens in one day!

Fresh eggs in my eggbasket

Fresh eggs in my eggbasket

Last week I did a post about how I treasure my grandmother’s recipes and enjoy making some of her favorites. I like seeing her handwriting, how they conserved paper, and wondering about how many times that particular recipe was used based on the grease spots on the paper.

This week when I knew the grandchildren were coming to visit, I picked another recipe that appears to have been included in a letter from my great Aunt Pauline to my grandmother.

Cookie Recipe

Original cherry drop cookie recipe

My grandmother apparently cut the recipe off the letter and kept it. The part of the letter I can read on the backside appears to be about gaining some weight and having to eat cabbage, tomatoes and parsley, and while getting out of her car her plants, pots and dirt came out with her. Oh, how I wish I could read the rest of that letter.

I made the cherry cookies yesterday. We all liked them especially my granddaughter. So, I thought I’d share this old-fashioned recipe with you in case you were looking for something different.

Cherry Cookies – Drop

Cream:  1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of Crisco, and 2 eggs

Add:  3 tablespoons of cherry juice

In sifter put: 2 1/2 or 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 1/2 teaspoons of soda

Add cut up cherries from small or medium jar

Bake at 375

I chose to use 2 1/2 cups of flour and half butter and half Crisco. I also didn’t use as many cherries in order to keep the carbohydrate count down. If you’re not counting carbs, I’m sure more cherries would equal more delicious.

With no stipulated time for baking mentioned, I started with eleven minutes and kept baking down. Eight to nine minutes seemed to work the best.

Cherry Drop Cookies

Cherry Drop Cookies

After reading the original post a blogger friend, Debra at Homespun, asked if by any chance I had a Pin-Wheel Cookie recipe. I found one although it took me a little while because it was written on the other side of a piece of paper that had a Pineapple Oatmeal Cookie recipe on it. Our ancestors certainly knew how to waste not want not.

Since we have quite a few recipes going back to the early 1930’s don’t hesitate to ask if you’re looking for an old one, we just might have it to share.

Happy baking from our family at 1840 Farm to yours.


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Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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8 Responses to Yankee baking

  1. gooseyanne says:

    They look really good – bet the grandchildren enjoyed them


  2. Grandma Kc says:

    Those look wonderful and I really do wish you would share the pineapple oatmeal cookie recipe! I love both but have never combined the two flavors. Please!!!


  3. Debra says:

    are those eggs in one of your daughter’s baskets ? both the eggs and basket are so pretty. And I made the mistake of clicking on your blog before dinner. And those cookies look really soft and chewy. And now I’d rather have those cookies for dinner than leftover spaghetti, ha ha 🙂


    • Judy says:

      Yes, those eggs are in one of my daughter’s baskets. She designs and sews them in various colors, I wrap the cord, and my granddaughter tears the fabric from local charitable stores. And, those cookies are soft and chewy. They even taste pretty good with coffee in the morning.


  4. sued51 says:

    The egg basket is so pretty! (and so are the eggs for that matter!)


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