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Friday, February 5, 2010

.Sometimes Happiness Really is Homemade.

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These cookies make me happy. I have not had them in years. I was chatting on the phone with my grandma the other day, and she told me she was making these cookies. My mom used to bake them when I was a girl, and I just had to get the recipe. I knew Jim would love them, too.

I was not disappointed, and the taste brought me way back. Don't you love how our senses can do that? Smells, tastes, sounds, touches can take me back to yesteryear instantly. One bite and I was the four year old pig tailed girl sitting at my mom's island in her kitchen, and then I blinked and realized I wasn't that four year old girl, rather I had a four year old girl. My life is just a vapor.

These delightful cookies are so old fashioned that my grandma warned me they cannot be made with a Kitchen Aid or electric mixer. Rather they require a wooden spoon and big bowl. That made me really happy. I felt so domesticated and homey stirring my batch of cookies. I do have to admit, I had to recruit the muscles of my hubby to do a bit of the stirring though! I have been sissified with our modern day mixers!

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And because I am feeling generous, I will share this special heirloom recipe with you. Maybe Gooseberry Patch should add this to their next cookbook! Ha! There really is something special about recipes passed down through the generations, though. Isn't there? I think I will have to get Jim's Grandmom's special welch cookie recipe next. {grin} I am also going to start a recipe book of these special recipes for Cadi and Scotty to take with them when they move away from our home. I want to preserve these memories for future generations.

Molasses Jelly Filled Cookies
Ingredients:
3/4 C. butter - softened
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. molasses
1 C. sour cream
4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 t. ginger
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. cloves
4 C. flour
grape or raspberry jelly

Method:
Cream the butter, sugar and molasses well in large bowl with a wooden spoon.
Add in remaining ingredients (except jelly), incorporating the flour thoroughly. Refrigerate dough at least 2 hours. On lightly floured counter roll out dough to 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter cut out cookies. Place on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Gently push thumb into center of each cookie and fill with 1 tsp. jelly. Bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes. Cookies will be soft and tender.

Click here for printable recipe.

This recipe made 63 cookies for me! And they were only 93 calories a piece. My children love them as much as Jim and I do. It might seem silly, but it made my heart so happy to see my children enjoying a cookie I enjoyed from my childhood. These cookies are delightful with a hot cup of tea - my tea of choice with these is cinnamon by Bigelow.

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Do you have any special heirloom recipes?


18 comments:

Erin said...

Your kids are so cute and I love your pictures. I need to work on my photography skills.

Mich said...

How sweet... I love it when something will take me down memory lane.

Sounds yummy!

Dan, Claire, Jayda and Cash said...

Wow - those cookies look so yummy! Now that I am a SAHM, I have time to bake more often, so I may just try these! Thanks for visiting my blog, it's always nice to see new visitors! I love your blog, great pictures!

Heather said...

Oh, that recipe looks soooo good! Thanks for sharing, I will have to try it!
I make a molasses cookie recipe that came from my husband's Grandma but I think it is just an average molasses recipe. :) I mean, they are really good but I think you can find the recipe in any cookbook.
Nice photo of you! :)
I like Oriental India Spice tea from Celestial Seasonings.
The cinnamon tea sounds good. :)
~Heather

nintendo ds r4 card said...

These bring back lots of good memories of celebrating New Year. I make it at every new year. I'm looking forward to introducing these cookies to my kids.

Bethany said...

I know this is wasn't what your post was going for but I love the picture of you. It's so open and honest. You are beauitful. I also love Cadi's headband :-)

Hattie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Those cookies look soooooo yummy! I have a heirloom recipe like that. It's my Nannie's blueberry pancakes. They remind me of when I was little and used to stay at their house during the summer!

Caroline said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your is adorable. I came on the right day to pick up a new recipe, those cookies sounds GREAT! Maybe I'll make them for super bowl, ha!

Melissa said...

I just might have to try these!

I LOVE your kids' names and the song playing on your blog right now (How He Loves Us)! That song is oh so dear to my heart. :)

Adrienne said...

I am so hungry now ...

harmonysong said...

Isn't it so funny how smells remind us so strongly of something specific? For me, and I know this is weird, Gardenia from Bath and Body Works, reminds me of a specific time in college. I used to wear the scent every day my second year, so that scent reminds me of sophomore year in college. So strange! I can't stand the scent now because I didn't enjoy the college I was at, at the time. :)

Cookies look delicious!

Thanks for the comment on my blog by the way!

Great pic of you, too! Beautiful eyes!

HD said...

They look de-lish! Thanks for stopping by too (o:

I'm NOT a VOLCANO! said...

MMMM! Those cookies look delicious! I love the music on here, and I think your blog is beautiful!

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog- I am not following you and can't wait to read it regularly.

Alison said...

Oh, yum! I love old fashioned molasses cookies!

TAMMY said...

Thanks for stopping by. The cookies look delicious!

Renee said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Those cookies look YUMMY! I've been craving cookies...just might have to make some soon.

Sarah said...

Mmmm... heirloom recipes. My favorite! Something about the memory makes the cookies taste even that much better.

My heirloom recipe is Norwegian Kringla, which my Grandma always made. I made it for the first time this year with my kids. My husband even gave it the thumbs up, and (gasp!) he doesn't even like cookies!

http://jsadw.blogspot.com/2009/12/craving-kringla.html

Gooseberry Patch said...

We're always looking for recipes with history like this one...they're the very best family heirlooms, we agree.

Here's a link to the page on our site where you can submit your recipes...

http://www1.gooseberrypatch.com/gooseberry/recipe.nsf/v.pages/f.archiveclub

And just in case you haven't visited yet, check out our blog: www.gooseberrypatch.typepad.com

See you there!

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