Thursday, July 14, 2005

Family Favorites - Cookies

Our family loves cookies. We like to make them almost as much as we like to eat them! In fact, today Kaitlyn was making some cookies and some friends came to take her and Ezra to the beach before she could get them mixed up, so she asked me to finish. They were peanut butter cookies and I thought they looked a little dry, so I threw in some ripe bananas. After we baked a couple pans of those (they were yummy), I remembered that I had some chopped up peanuts in the refridgerator, so I tossed those in too.

The cookies that Kaitlyn was making were from one of our family-favorite recipes--Grammie Haskin's Peanutbutter Cookies--we love them! I never even cared for peanutbutter cookies until I had hers melt in my mouth. But the all-time winner in our household would have to be Grammie Boone's Blethen House Molasses Cookies--they taste like home.

Grammie Haskin's Peanutbutter Cookies

1 cup shortening (1/2 butter tastes good)
1 cup peanutbutter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients well. Shape into balls, press criss-cross with a fork.
Bake at 350 until not quite done (8-10 minutes). After removing from oven, leave on baking sheet for a couple of minutes before putting on cooling rack.

My Grammie Boone always said that she was an "old-fashioned cook". She was the baker of choice for people all over Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, my hometown. She baked for Collette's Restaurant and for the (lone) hotel, the Blethen House. She loved to bake and her family and friends loved to have her do it! We nearly always double this recipe...

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
3/4 cup shortening
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cassia (cinnamon)
1/4 teaspoon cloves
pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients well. Roll into balls and dip the tops in granulated sugar. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until tops are cracked.


Anonymous said...

Mum, your a cookie-goddess! Thanks for posting the recipes... now Chelsea and I can retry those and hopefully they'll come out good!

Oh, and I can't get Petty Points to come up on this computer. Now, it may just the computer, or did you get rid of the site?

Calandria said...

Hmm. Do you think you like cookies as much as I do? :-D


Dan Knickerbocker said...

Thanks for the recipes! I've been wanting a good Peanut Butter Cookie recipe and now I have one.

The buscuit recipe I got from Casey before we left Saipan has been a big hit here. My father makes them all the time.

Anonymous said...

mum... please write again! i love the cookies but i can only look at the picture of them so many times before i decide that i've seen them enough without being able to eat them! (i wish so much that we had a kitchen i could use here at the dorm!) love ya!


a man from Saipan said...

You could almost make this an online recipe book. You could also post the recipe for your infamous biscuits.

These are the thoughts that make me miss Saipan: tasty Conner biscuits. I miss my family too, but they are in the States. Also, if I remember the Conner family had other perks besides just good food.