Thursday, April 8, 2010

Granny's Icebox Cookies

My Granny always had
a stash of homemade cookies
for us to enjoy!
She always had a variety to choose
from at any given time!
Her Icebox cookies were
sometimes stored in the
deep freezer awaiting visitors.
They were even yummy cold!
The lucky cookie of the week
was proudly stored in her 
round Tupperware container.
I now have that container!
I baked these cookies this weekend and
loaded them into the famous container.
My daughter walked by lifted the lid 
and squealed!  "Oh it smells just like Granny's house!"
I was giddy all over!
I had already discovered this
 but was thrilled
that she discovered the same treasure!
This spurred what I call a "memory blast" 
where we each began spilling
 out one memory after
the other about our Granny!
My grandmother and her Great Grandmother!
How blessed my children were to know
their Great Grandmothers!
So we spent the rest of the weekend
walking by the cookies, lifting the lid to 
take a whiff of that wonderful smell!
Sometimes not even grabbing a cookie!
A smell that took us back to the kitchen
of a magical woman who loved us totally
and completely without conditions.
A woman who opened her 
home and her heart
to all who entered through her doors.
What is most amazing to me is 
that my daughter
was 5 when she passed away, 
yet this memory, from this smell
took her immediately back to that kitchen!
Back to that feeling of love!
How Sweet Is That!
It is true that
love knows no boundaries
not even death can separate that.

Icebox Cookies
Displayed in Granny's
"Fancy China"

As a child I remember gazing at this china!
It was off limits and stored it a cabinet
in the dining room.  When you opened
the cabinet it had a distinct smell.
You just knew it was protecting 
something special inside!
My Aunt B gave me a place setting
that I now safely store away.
Thanks Aunt B! 

Icebox Cookies
2 cups of brown sugar
1 cup of shortening (I use Crisco Butter Flavored)
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 cup of chopped nuts
1 Tbs of water to dissolve 1 tsp of baking soda
1 Tbs Cream of Tartar
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
Cream shortening, add sugar, beaten eggs and vanilla.  Sift flour, salt, and cream of tartar, add to mixture.  Add soda with water and fold in nuts.  Mix together well and separate dough in half.  Take the first half and roll into a log on wax paper.  Wrap up the log in the wax paper and store in the "Icebox".  Repeat the same with the remaining dough.  Chill well.  Slice and bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Transfer to a wire rack and cool.  Store in an OLD, ROUND TUPPERWARE container!



Julie said...

What sweet memories, Mama Holli--and what a delicious recipe! Can't wait to give it a try and add it to our family favorites!

Hope your day is wonderful in every way, my friend!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What a sweet post! The china is gorgeous! And the cookies delicious!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

My grandmother made a similar cookie! Thanks for linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

Leah said...

You make me miss my Grandma. :) Precious memories!