Christmas Cookies - Good Food And Treasured Memories
December has arrived and when I was growing up, it was officially ‘baking season’ for my mom. Many of the ingredients for the special things she would bake at this time of year were just too expensive to have on hand all the time. While we were at school, over the weeks prior to Christmas, … Continue reading "Christmas Cookies"
Lemon Pepper Shortbread Cookies - Good Food And Treasured Memories
Grinding pepper over our savory meals is very much the ‘norm’, but when you add it to sweet desserts it preforms a strange chemistry, especially against a mellow backdrop of vanilla. Adding flavor to cuisines of all nations, black pepper is the most widely produced and popular spice in the world. Pound for pound, it … Continue reading "Lemon Pepper Shortbread Cookies"
Cherry Marzipan Cookies - Good Food And Treasured Memories
The origins of marzipan, much like many other pastries that contain almonds, cannot be pinpointed to any one place. Some believe it came from Persia, others speak of Germany and Italy, yet others name Toledo, a medieval city southwest of Madrid, Spain. Whatever its history, today marzipan is a fixture of Spain’s Christmas time celebrations. … Continue reading "Cherry Marzipan Cookies"
Vintage Ice Box Cookies - Good Food And Treasured Memories
The icebox or refrigerator cookie has been around as long as there have been ‘iceboxes’ to store them in. The recipes produce large yields and are the quickest way to make ‘homemade cookies’ in a short space of time. The technique of what has also been called ‘slice & bake’ cookies, is nothing if not … Continue reading "Vintage Ice Box Cookies"
Hazelnut Liqueur Shortbread Cookies - Good Food And Treasured Memories
It’s hard to think of Christmas without having shortbread. When I was growing up, fruitcake (or Christmas cake) and shortbread cookies were some of the staples associated with Christmas baking. Fruitcake has definitely become lost in the shuffle but it seems shortbread still remains. While the traditional shortbread consisted of three main ingredients — flour, … Continue reading "Hazelnut Liqueur Shortbread Cookies"
Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies - Good Food And Treasured Memories
Boxed instant pudding mixes have become an ingredient in many recipes from cake, cookies and pie to trifle and salad. In 1975, a salad recipe was developed by Kraft Kitchens, using two of their products, jell-o instant pistachio pudding and Cool Whip. It was called ‘Pistachio Pineapple Delight’. It seems though, that a forerunner to … Continue reading "Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies"
'Spring" Whoopie Pies with Mascarpone Filling - Good Food And Treasured Memories
Not a pie at all, traditional whoopie pies are two thin chocolate cakes sandwiched around a white frosting. The origin of the whoopie pie is somewhat controversial. Some people say they were invented in Medieval Germany and brought to the USA by immigrants. Women would bake cakes and use leftover batter and icing to make … Continue reading "‘Spring” Whoopie Pies with Mascarpone Filling"
Almond Orange Blossom Cookies - Good Food And Treasured Memories
A special memory that comes to mind at this time of year is the scent of orange blossoms. While it is still winter in our part of Canada, in Seville, Spain spring is in the air. Mid March to early April, for about three weeks in Spain’s sun-bleached region of Andalusia, there’s a soft intoxicating … Continue reading "Almond Orange Blossom Cookies"
German Gingerbread - Good Food And Treasured Memories
Christmas is known for bringing out the ancestral origins in all of us, with every culture celebrating the holidays enjoying their specific holiday foods. Although my parents were born here in Canada, our German heritage was very evident in my mother’s cooking and baking. One cookie that has been made specifically for holidays for hundreds … Continue reading "German Gingerbread"
Date Filled Oatmeal Cookies / Mince-Apple Tarts - Good Food And Treasured Memories
FILLED OATMEAL COOKIES – The only thing better than an oatmeal cookie is a filled oatmeal cookie, right! It seems they were one of those cookies traditionally baked at Christmas time, probably due to the cost of dates and the time consuming process to make them. Whenever my mother was doing her Christmas baking, she gradually … Continue reading "Date Filled Oatmeal Cookies / Mince-Apple Tarts"
Thumbprint Cookies - Good Food And Treasured Memories
THUMBPRINT or THIMBLE COOKIES – are such a great little cookie with so many variations that they remain among the holiday favorites. Of course it’s not hard to figure out the meaning behind their name. Similar to filled cookies, you can either fill the divot you make in them either before or after you bake … Continue reading "Thumbprint Cookies"
Vanillekipferl - Gevulde Speculaas - Good Food And Treasured Memories
I’ve always enjoyed food history and recreating memories from the past through cooking and baking. I had never realized how much my mother’s cooking was influenced by our German heritage. I guess as one gets older, things that were taken for granted now take on a whole new meaning. Today’s blog features a couple of … Continue reading "Vanillekipferl – Gevulde Speculaas"
Christmas Baking - Priceless Memories! - Good Food And Treasured Memories
I think my mother enjoyed Christmas baking very much. Many of the ingredients for the special things she would bake at this time of year were just too expensive to have on hand all the time. Somehow she would work her magic and make that grocery money stretch to include these things. While we were … Continue reading "Christmas Baking — Priceless Memories!"