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!
- 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.
- 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!