I’ve been thinking about cookies today. Blame it on the Girl Scouts standing outside of Wal-Mart. Cookies are one of my favorite “treats” even though I don’t eat them often. They are, of course, one of the things that I definitely should not eat if I want to be healthier…so I save them for special occasions.
I did say that I was thinking of them…not craving them, so I returned from grocery shopping this morning without any. I prefer home baked cookies anyway. However, if I had to pick some from a shelf I would buy Fig Newtons, Nilla Wafers, Sugar Wafers, or graham crackers. No, I don’t like Oreos or store-bought chocolate chip.
My all-time favorite home baked cookie is oatmeal, followed by oatmeal raisin, oatmeal walnut, peanut butter, sugar, snicker doodle, and spritz. But the cookies aren’t as important as the women who first made them for me.
My Grandma Bea introduced me to spritz cookies. I’ve mentioned before that I have her cookie press and have used it more than a few times. I loved the little Christmas tree shapes and of course she colored them green for me! No frosting- food coloring in the batter.
My Mama Della made banana pudding, and of course you have to use vanilla wafers, and some break, and some just can’t be used and well, that explains at least one of my store bought preferences. I’m sure she baked some for me as well, but the wafers are my favorite memory.
Gary’s grandmother made a cookie that I liked, but I can’t say that I’ve eaten one since the day she died. They were persimmon cookies made with molasses. I’ve never met anyone else who liked persimmons or rhubarb as much as she did. And I don’t know anyone else who cooks with molasses. She loved that stuff!
Mom made THE best oatmeal cookies and also some pretty decent peanut butter ones. I blame her for my near obsession with oatmeal cookies. There was a time period when I ate them at least once a week. Warm, chewy, sweet…oh my…they even smell good.
A neighbor made snicker doodles for me. She also made apple streusel. The best apple streusel! That woman loved to cook. Ironic that I remember the door to her house, but not her name.
Of course I was introduced to graham crackers and sugar wafers the way most kids are- at church! What better treat for Sunday School or VBS than graham crackers or sugar wafers? Cheap and sweet! And sometimes there were animal crackers or those little frosted circus cookies.
I remember Eula Parker sending me back across the road to Della’s house with a handful of cookies, but I can’t for the life of me remember what kind. That’s the most important thing about cookies- you can carry them anywhere. You can eat them anywhere. You can hide them in your pocket if your brothers are in the front yard.
I could mention several other people- aunts, friends, daughters, neighbors- who have shared cookies with me, but now I’m starting to feel just a bit of a craving for one. I think I have some graham crackers in the pantry somewhere…I’ll talk to you later…