Besides being a very brave and somewhat ornery woman, she was a fantastic baker. Here we are in my mom’s 1970s kitchen making Christmas Cookies.
I loved to bake with Gramma John. She taught me, but more importantly, she was just fun to be with. I miss her terribly. She died just a few weeks after FishBoy10 was born. I cherish that uncharacteristic phone call that I received from her in the hospital just minutes after he was born.
There are a few recipes that are also precious to me — her donuts, her apple pie, and her cookies.
Legend tells that she was sly in sharing her recipes — and would often alter an ingredient in the list before passing it on. The recipe I have is the one she gave my mom, her daughter-in-law. Hopefully, they were on good terms that day!
Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies are award winning — in my book as well as at many a county fair in Minnesota. We added them to our Christmas Cookie List this year. They freeze wonderfully, baked or as unbaked dough. So, make all you want — and then some more.
Don’t forget to check out The 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.
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