Have you ever wondered why traditional cookie recipes remain heartwarming? I still find old mounds of sugary and peanut butter cookies very addicting. Perhaps its the time-tested vintage taste that will have you reminiscing back to earlier days?
When I was a kid, making sugar cookies were one of my mother's masterpieces. She had an old recipe from my grandmother. The cookie recipe was not easy to make and I just loved helping her make the dough. Since cookies were among her most selling baked-good at her Holiday Bakery (after her puddings), I enjoyed times when I help rolling out the dough and cut them out using our small supply of holiday cookie cutters. I loved decorating them with icing. She showed me how to deal with the simple tasks of making cookies and baking cakes.
Over the years, I learned making prettier sugar cookies with mom. I even took pre-baked cookies in school and made fun cookie decorating messes with a few classmates after classes. Once, I was amazed the neighbor children to return my plate, empty, within just minutes of having sent it over. I never in my wildest dreams imagined making delicious cookies at age 12. I never expected to inherit my grandmother's arm strength to beat the egg whites stiff by hand using an old-fashioned whisk (I prefer using my father's hand-made whisk). A method that I am still good at today (thanks to my small arms!)
Those cookies were simply that good and I've never considered trying another recipe. It's maybe the reason why I feel nostalgic every time I style mom's old-fashioned cookie recipe into modern dreidels. I long for her every time I ponder upon Pillsbury bake-offs remembering her sweating as she wrestled with the heavy antique irons over an open flame on the stove.
|Filipino Meringue Cookies (Pasencia) by Apple Pie, Patis & Pate|
|Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Cookies - A photo from Mommy's Kitchen|
|Traditional Shortbread Cookies - Photo by Addie's Pantry|
|Old Peanut Butter Cookies - Photo by Delicious Dishes|
Even with the popularity of Splenda today, a lot of people still use the classic brown sugar and wheat pastry flour in place of modern flour. It's also awesome that oatmeal is still remembered a great substitute to contemporary dried ingredients. Tradition still reigns!
|Oatmeal still a great substitute to contemporary dried ingredients|
|A Splenda cookie today|
|The unforgettable tradition of brown sugar cookies|
|The flour that keeps melting my heart|
At the corner of my heart, I know that there will never be other memorable-tasting cookies to beat hers. Not for anything else but because it carries the love of the traditional sugar cookie recipe we used to know- from mom.