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Sugar Cookie Memories of Grandma

by Anne Coleman (writer), Lehigh Valley, Pa, December 28, 2009

Credit: Anne Coleman
The Pottery Cookie Bowl

My Grandmother's spirit lives on in her handed-down recipes.

Sunlight through the little window draped with plain curtains dapples the chrome-edged kitchen table. A flour coated hand pushes back wisps of gray hair from a wrinkled forehead. The worn oilcloth floor crackles under foot. And the fragrance in the air ... Heaven. There is no memory more alive to me when I remove Grandma's recipe for Brown Sugar Cookies from its drawer than this one.
Great-grandma was already very old when I was born - in her 80's - and my memories of her are few and fleeting, but that kitchen, and grandma ever-present and baking in it, are etched into my mind with a clarity like no other. I don't recall words ever being spoken, no requests for help, or offers of raw dough to nibble; just grandma's still-nimble fingers busy at their task - the sound of the wooden spoon against the brown pottery bowl - the cookie trays clanging against one another as she removed them from their place - the whoosh of the gas oven lighting.
Grandma has been gone for so long now, and I have aged nearly 38 years since then, and yet ... it's like yesterday. I could close my eyes and still smell the warm Indiana summer and the overripe apple tree in the yard as I walk through the front door of her tiny home that sat just behind her daughter's home. I could hear the creak of that oilcloth floor that lay throughout her small lodgings and I would find her still at that table, busily making cookies ... Brown Sugar Cookies, and the taste would be the same as ever - the taste of home.
Great Grandma's Brown Sugar Cookies
2 fresh eggs
1 cup shortening
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
Cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well. Sift flour and baking powder and salt together in a small bowl and add to the egg, sugar and shortening mixture. Stir to form a stiff dough. Form into a long oval and wrap with plastic or tin foil. Chill for an hour or more in the refrigerator. Cut into 1/2" slices and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes until very lightly browned. Ice with a basic powdered sugar icing, if desired.

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By Theresa H Hall on January 04, 2010 at 10:16 pm

There is nothing more special than these of our elders cooking in their kitchens and the movements they made that so impressed us, as to remain in our hearts to be removed and looked over throughout our growing and adult years.

I passed along our Grandmother's heirlooms to my eldest sister, even though I longed to secret them away. Their memories are inside me and a pot or a pan can always be mentally reproduced.

Keep 'em coming Annie!

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By Credo on January 02, 2014 at 11:21 pm

A special memory, expressed in an artistic and excellent manner. Most of us can relate to this article, it is a beautiful memory, it makes me miss my grandmother too.

it was a pleasure reading it....


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