Several years ago, when Jack was a part-time children’s minister and I was pregnant with our Liz, I attempted to supplement our income by baking for the public. I had a great list of breads, cakes, cookies, pies, casseroles and side dishes, an awesome advertisement in the local paper and several good-hearted friends that helped to make this project a success for that season. Best of all, I discovered something I was relatively good at and I had so much fun.

I’m not selling my wares anymore, but I still love to bake. Especially at this time of year. Here are a couple of my favorite recipes that some of you have asked for. The first, Spice Cookies, I found in a ‘Taste of Home’ magazine back in the Dark Ages. The second, Waldorf Salad, I downloaded from who-knows-where when researching a menu for a Bunco party my SIL had a couple of years ago. Both are simple recipes with a lot of bang for your buck. Enjoy!

Spice Cookies

  • Cream 1 ½ cups butter with 2 cups sugar. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, then add ½ cup molasses.
  • To the creamed mixture add 4 cups a-p flour, 4 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, 1tsp cloves and 1tsp salt.
  • Chill well. This dough is very sticky and the chillin’ will help when you start to roll the dough into balls.
  • Roll the dough balls in sugar before placing them on an ungreased cookie sheet allowing plenty of room for the cookies to spread. I bake all cookies at 300 degrees.

These cookies will be moist and chewy, but if they start to get hard, put a slice of bread in your cookie jar. This will soften them up overnight.

Waldorf Salad

  • Mix together 2/3 cup mayonnaise and ¼ cup sour cream.
  • Chop 3 medium apples and ¾ cup celery into bite-size pieces.
  • Mix apples, celery, 2 tbsp lemon juice, ½ cup raisins, ¼ tsp salt and ½ cup walnuts. Add the mayo-sour cream mixture coating everything well.
  • Chill. You’re done!

2 thoughts on “Recipes

  1. Traditions, aren’t they great???? From reading from the Bible story before you open gifts to “pink stuff”!!!
    God is so good to us this season and this year.
    We have lost some wonderful family members, they have made heaven a more wonderful place, can not wait to join them,
    God Bless each of you this season and i love your “family things” they are what makes childhood memorable.

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