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So I am sitting here at work reading over one of the threads for cookie exchange. That got me thinking about my grandmother. She died this past Oct. and I have to admit that the holidays will not ever
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That Special recipe exchange.

posted at 11/2/2011 8:39 AM EDT
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So I am sitting here at work reading over one of the threads for cookie exchange. That got me thinking about my grandmother. She died this past Oct. and I have to admit that the holidays will not ever be the same. She loved doing the cookie exchange. She did one with her golf league and one with the church ladies guild, and I am pretty sure there was probably another group or two as she was a very active lady. One of the things I will always remeber about her is the fact that she always started in early November to bake cookies. This was not just for the exchange but also for us. Our families thanksgiving and christmas spread was spectacular. Small family HUGE spread. There were always classic desserts that she always fixed and that me and my family love, but me and her had our own tradition of finding unique and new recipes to try and to share with the family. Now I will miss my grams so much, and I am going to try and do her justice by making her normal cookie and dessert spread. Normaly people are very guarded about close family recipes, and I probably would be too, but the way I see it is that if i can share one or two of our family holiday recipes with anyone out there, it will be like sharing my gram's love. Now my grams was very big on sharing and helping the community, so in a little way I hope this will pass on to everyone else. I will post a recipe this weekend while I am off to share with everyone. If you would like to join in that would be great. The recipe you share may end up on my families table for the holidays. And if you have a special story attached that makes the recipe even better. Love and happy holidays to eveyone. Joshua

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posted at 11/2/2011 9:19 AM EDT
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In Response to That Special recipe exchange.:
So I am sitting here at work reading over one of the threads for cookie exchange. That got me thinking about my grandmother. She died this past Oct. and I have to admit that the holidays will not ever be the same. She loved doing the cookie exchange. She did one with her golf league and one with the church ladies guild, and I am pretty sure there was probably another group or two as she was a very active lady. One of the things I will always remeber about her is the fact that she always started in early November to bake cookies. This was not just for the exchange but also for us. Our families thanksgiving and christmas spread was spectacular. Small family HUGE spread. There were always classic desserts that she always fixed and that me and my family love, but me and her had our own tradition of finding unique and new recipes to try and to share with the family. Now I will miss my grams so much, and I am going to try and do her justice by making her normal cookie and dessert spread. Normaly people are very guarded about close family recipes, and I probably would be too, but the way I see it is that if i can share one or two of our family holiday recipes with anyone out there, it will be like sharing my gram's love. Now my grams was very big on sharing and helping the community, so in a little way I hope this will pass on to everyone else. I will post a recipe this weekend while I am off to share with everyone. If you would like to join in that would be great. The recipe you share may end up on my families table for the holidays. And if you have a special story attached that makes the recipe even better. Love and happy holidays to eveyone. Joshua
Posted by joshua k




Hi Joshua,That is very sweet of you and I would be most happy to share a recipe or two with you and the others.I only have one recipe that I can't share and that is my Dad's sausage recipe and only because he made me promise I wouldn't.This is nice and this is how we celebrate our love one's that have past.I have to say I think of my parents and my Mom in law everyday,but even more often in my kitchen!

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posted at 11/2/2011 11:57 AM EDT
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Joshua - will se see some of your family recipes?

My family did not use recipes - it was always hit or miss with a bit of this and maybe ia bit of that. 

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posted at 11/2/2011 12:29 PM EDT
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Oh yes Nancy, I have a couple I would actually love to share and that I plan on posting this weekend. My grams had boxes of recipes and books that were marked and folders of written recipes and so forth. I have been going through them little by little to find all the holiday recipes. Please share whatever you'd like, the thing that really is important is all those wonderful memories we have of spending time in the kitchen with our family. Sometimes our anecdotes are wonderful recipes in themselves.

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posted at 11/2/2011 2:33 PM EDT
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In Response to That Special recipe exchange.:
So I am sitting here at work reading over one of the threads for cookie exchange. That got me thinking about my grandmother. She died this past Oct. and I have to admit that the holidays will not ever be the same. She loved doing the cookie exchange. She did one with her golf league and one with the church ladies guild, and I am pretty sure there was probably another group or two as she was a very active lady. One of the things I will always remeber about her is the fact that she always started in early November to bake cookies. This was not just for the exchange but also for us. Our families thanksgiving and christmas spread was spectacular. Small family HUGE spread. There were always classic desserts that she always fixed and that me and my family love, but me and her had our own tradition of finding unique and new recipes to try and to share with the family. Now I will miss my grams so much, and I am going to try and do her justice by making her normal cookie and dessert spread. Normaly people are very guarded about close family recipes, and I probably would be too, but the way I see it is that if i can share one or two of our family holiday recipes with anyone out there, it will be like sharing my gram's love. Now my grams was very big on sharing and helping the community, so in a little way I hope this will pass on to everyone else. I will post a recipe this weekend while I am off to share with everyone. If you would like to join in that would be great. The recipe you share may end up on my families table for the holidays. And if you have a special story attached that makes the recipe even better. Love and happy holidays to eveyone. Joshua
Posted by joshua k

Joshua, Your grandmother sounds like she was a very special lady.  How great that you and she could share the interest in baking.  Some of the greatest bakers are guys!  What precious memories she gave to you and the family.

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posted at 11/2/2011 2:42 PM EDT
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I for one am looking forward to reading some of the "old family" recipes.
You are lucky in the fact that you have written recipes.  I have none from my Grandmother or my Mom or my Dad for that matter.  I surely would love to go back in time just to get the recipes that I remember from my childhood. (If I could do that I would give them all one more hug as well)

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posted at 11/2/2011 2:52 PM EDT
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I'll post this recipe with a warning that it takes a little extra work though I don't think it is really all that much work.  The cookie part is so tender and tasty and the filling can be raisins, dates or figs or a mixture if you like.

RAISIN FILLED COOKIES

(I like to double this recipe but single recipe follows.  I also like to make the filling the day before I'm going to bake the cookies.)

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening or butter
1 egg
1.2 cyo nukj
3 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt1 tsp vanilla

Mix together, chill and roll out to a thin layer.  Cut out circles, using a glass or a round cookie cutter.  Place a tsp-1 Tbs of filling on a circle and place another circle on top.  Go around the edge of the circle with fork tynes like you would a pie crust to seal the edges so the filling doesn't leak out while baking. **

**(I have also made these by using a little larger circle and placing filling on one part of the circle and folding the other half over, similar to making a turnover.  Again, go around the edges with fork tyne to seal.)

Filling:

2 cups of raisins (dates or figs or mixture)
2 Tbs flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon

Cook until thick. Cool before putting onto the cookie round.

Bake at 350 until lightly browned on the edges.

Sorry, I don't know how many this makes.  It has been a long time since I've made them but I do remember doubling the recipe to get more cookies.  They really go fast!!


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posted at 11/2/2011 2:54 PM EDT
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I'll post this recipe with a warning that it takes a little extra work though I don't think it is really all that much work.  The cookie part is so tender and tasty and the filling can be raisins, dates or figs or a mixture if you like. RAISIN FILLED COOKIES (I like to double this recipe but single recipe follows.  I also like to make the filling the day before I'm going to bake the cookies.) 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup shortening or butter 1 egg 1.2 cyo nukj 3 1/2 cup flour 2 tsp cream of tartar 1 tsp soda 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp salt1 tsp vanilla Mix together, chill and roll out to a thin layer.  Cut out circles, using a glass or a round cookie cutter.  Place a tsp-1 Tbs of filling on a circle and place another circle on top.  Go around the edge of the circle with fork tynes like you would a pie crust to seal the edges so the filling doesn't leak out while baking. ** **(I have also made these by using a little larger circle and placing filling on one part of the circle and folding the other half over, similar to making a turnover.  Again, go around the edges with fork tyne to seal.) Filling: 2 cups of raisins (dates or figs or mixture) 2 Tbs flour 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 tsp cinnamon Cook until thick. Cool before putting onto the cookie round. Bake at 350 until lightly browned on the edges. Sorry, I don't know how many this makes.  It has been a long time since I've made them but I do remember doubling the recipe to get more cookies.  They really go fast!!

The cryptic ingredient above, fourth one down should read 1/2 cup milk. 

Sorry about that!
Posted by Bakery1 G

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posted at 11/2/2011 7:11 PM EDT
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What a wonderful way to remember your Grandmother, Joshua.  So very sorry you lost her but she will always be in your heart.


Bakery1, thank you for sharing the cookie recipe.  It sounds wonderful.

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posted at 11/3/2011 7:08 AM EDT
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Thank you Bakery1 G for that recipe, it looks really good, you had me at stuffed with dates, I am a huge date fan. I cannot wait to try this one out. And thank you ALL for the kind words. I can't wait to for this weekend, I was flipping through my gram's recipe box and found the recipes I want to post. It's funny that half the fun is in the translation, since all the recipes are so old and used. But I can say they have character for sure. Thanks again everyone for your kind thoughts and contributions. Don't forget to share some of your great family holiday cooking stories... remember it's what really makes these recipes so special!

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posted at 11/3/2011 11:44 AM EDT
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I'll post this recipe with a warning that it takes a little extra work though I don't think it is really all that much work.  The cookie part is so tender and tasty and the filling can be raisins, dates or figs or a mixture if you like. RAISIN FILLED COOKIES (I like to double this recipe but single recipe follows.  I also like to make the filling the day before I'm going to bake the cookies.) 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup shortening or butter 1 egg 1.2 cyo nukj 3 1/2 cup flour 2 tsp cream of tartar 1 tsp soda 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp salt1 tsp vanilla Mix together, chill and roll out to a thin layer.  Cut out circles, using a glass or a round cookie cutter.  Place a tsp-1 Tbs of filling on a circle and place another circle on top.  Go around the edge of the circle with fork tynes like you would a pie crust to seal the edges so the filling doesn't leak out while baking. ** **(I have also made these by using a little larger circle and placing filling on one part of the circle and folding the other half over, similar to making a turnover.  Again, go around the edges with fork tyne to seal.) Filling: 2 cups of raisins (dates or figs or mixture) 2 Tbs flour 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 tsp cinnamon Cook until thick. Cool before putting onto the cookie round. Bake at 350 until lightly browned on the edges. Sorry, I don't know how many this makes.  It has been a long time since I've made them but I do remember doubling the recipe to get more cookies.  They really go fast!!
Posted by Bakery1 G


Oh my Gosh!!!  My Mom used to make these.....I still have her recipe somewhere!  She also used pineapple filling and I would eat those until she made me stop!!  Thanks for bringing back a memory from 67 years ago!!

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posted at 11/3/2011 12:41 PM EDT
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Food memories are always wonderful.  Families and friends sitting together and enjoying great food bring smiles to your face forever.  And the "mistakes" still make you laugh forever after too. 

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posted at 11/3/2011 3:14 PM EDT
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that sounds so nice i never did a cookie exchange

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posted at 11/3/2011 3:40 PM EDT
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Posted by Bakery1 G


I had to laugh at your post on correcting a "typo"
Great way to keep a "family recipe" truly a family recipe.

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posted at 11/3/2011 5:14 PM EDT
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Will start digging out some recipes tonight! Sounds like fun! Smile

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posted at 11/3/2011 7:19 PM EDT
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Posted by Bakery1 G


lol lol lol That's funny .I was going to ask you what that was and where could I buy that! Thanks for the correction.I know that my hubby will like this he loves anything with raisins.

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posted at 11/3/2011 8:12 PM EDT
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Hi Joshua....Your grandmother sounds like a real unique and amazing lady
i would be happy to join in :)

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posted at 11/3/2011 8:28 PM EDT
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Hello Everyone!
For people who never saw it:

All-season cookie

INGREDIENTS

·         2 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR

·         1 TEASPOON BAKING SODA

·         1 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER

·         1 TEASPOON CINNAMON

·         1/2 TEASPOON SALT

·         1 CUP UNSALTED BUTTER (2 STICKS), AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

·         1 1/4 CUPS DARK BROWN SUGAR

·         1 TABLESPOON HONEY

·         1 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT

·         2 EGGS

·         1/2 CUP SWEETENED COCONUT FLAKES

·         3/4 CUP DRIED CRANBERRIES

·         2 CUPS QUICK OATS

·         1/2 TEASPOON FRESH ROSEMARY, FINELY CHOPPED

DIRECTIONS

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES F.

IN A MEDIUM BOWL, SIFT TOGETHER FLOUR, SODA, POWDER, CINNAMON AND SALT. SET ASIDE.

IN A LARGE BOWL, CREAM BUTTER AND SUGAR WITH A MIXER. MIX IN HONEY AND VANILLA UNTIL FLUFFY. ADD EGGS ONE AT A TIME, UNTIL FULLY INCORPORATED. MIX IN COCONUT, DRIED CRANBERRIES, OATS AND ROSEMARY. FOLD DRY INGREDIENTS INTO BUTTER MIXTURE. FORM INTO BALLS, APPROXIMATELY 2 TABLESPOONS. PLACE 2 INCHES APART ON PARCHMENT LINED COOKIE SHEETS. BAKE UNTIL COOKIES TURN GOLDEN, 13 TO 15 MINUTES. REMOVE FROM OVEN TO COOLING RACK. LET SIT 5 MINUTES IN THE PAN BEFORE TRANSFERRING TO A RACK TO COOL COMPLETELY.

 

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posted at 11/4/2011 12:25 AM EDT
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So I am sitting here at work reading over one of the threads for cookie exchange. That got me thinking about my grandmother. She died this past Oct. and I have to admit that the holidays will not ever be the same. She loved doing the cookie exchange. She did one with her golf league and one with the church ladies guild, and I am pretty sure there was probably another group or two as she was a very active lady. One of the things I will always remeber about her is the fact that she always started in early November to bake cookies. This was not just for the exchange but also for us. Our families thanksgiving and christmas spread was spectacular. Small family HUGE spread. There were always classic desserts that she always fixed and that me and my family love, but me and her had our own tradition of finding unique and new recipes to try and to share with the family. Now I will miss my grams so much, and I am going to try and do her justice by making her normal cookie and dessert spread. Normaly people are very guarded about close family recipes, and I probably would be too, but the way I see it is that if i can share one or two of our family holiday recipes with anyone out there, it will be like sharing my gram's love. Now my grams was very big on sharing and helping the community, so in a little way I hope this will pass on to everyone else. I will post a recipe this weekend while I am off to share with everyone. If you would like to join in that would be great. The recipe you share may end up on my families table for the holidays. And if you have a special story attached that makes the recipe even better. Love and happy holidays to eveyone. Joshua
Posted by joshua k

Joshua:  So sorry to hear of your loss.  Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful lady.  You are so lucky to have been able to spend so much time with her in the kitchen baking.  Many young people don't get to do that.  You have so many wonderful memories.  I look forward to seeing your recipes.  I will try to post some too.  thanks again.

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posted at 11/4/2011 6:34 AM EDT
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I gave my sister the recipe foe the macronnia salads that I made and she made it and it did not tast as good as when I made it.
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