Labor Day was this past week, which means summer is now waving goodbye and fall is smugly grinning hello. Meanwhile, I began my hunt for the sugar cookie recipe that tops the rest with my 8 weeks of baking, known as the Sugar Cookie Experiment. In my baking files, aka my kitchen drawer, I hold several recipes, which have been shared with me by loved ones and friends, as well as, a few famous renowned recipes that I’m hoping live up to their hype.
Our first homemade cookie is from my Great Grandmother, Mary DeMayo. She was a go-getter from Sicily, who moved to New York when she was a child. I’m not sure how she obtained this exact recipe, but I hold warm memories in my heart of her cookies. Specifically, this cookie. They were ALWAYS begging my name in a mustard-yellow cookie jar that sat on her kitchen counter; I ALWAYS was allowed one after school when my grandma and I would hang out in the evening.
Before her cookies hardened, my Grandma DeMayo used to drizzle light, dusty, colored sprinkles on top. Ya know, the sugar plum crystallized looking kind? One week in her ceramic jar would be pink sprinkled cookies. Next, it would be green sprinkles. She only used those two colors and the mystery of which one I would randomly pick made me smile every time.
Now, she passed away only 5 years ago, when she was 94, and for some reason, I have zero memory of even eating these cookies after childhood. Until…….my grandma gives me the worn envelope of barely readable recipe cards she’s saved from our family. I felt so honored I got to keep the originals. After some heavy duty squinting and cursive decoding, I figured out how to make these.
Here now I can focus on the results of my 5 key points as stated in my first blog entry guidelines.
No joke, biting into this cookie felt like I was standing in my Great Grandma’s kitchen, watching her watch me eat the cookie. I guess that’s the best part about baking and the warmth behind recipes. They’re the symbols of love and memories. The good times you had with the people you shared your best moments with.
I’ll continue to bake this for years on and on and I’m proud I took a chance at even trying to compare to Mary DeMayo.
Check back next week for mystery recipe #2. It’s too bad you can’t sample taste test through the computer. Maybe one day. (pondering face emoji).
Meanwhile…. Bake on Bookies!
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