Cookies score big: Happy baking, happy memory making

Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Folks, who are familiar with the Bluffton Today cookie contest, now in its fourth year, know that cookies with a family history, or those that are fresh and innovative, score big with cookie contest judges.

Both the cookie bakers who enter the contest and those who are seeking new recipes, wrote, "I can't wait to see what recipes contestants will come up with."

We feel the same way at Bluffton Today. We also love the heartwarming stories that come with the recipes and the little glimpses into your kitchens. Hardeeville's Pat Grant, for example, whose recipe for Molasses Cookies placed third in the "Shaped, Molded, Rolled, Refrigerator and No-Bake Cookie category wrote, "The recipe came from my maternal grandmother, Jessie Palmatier, from Rhode Island. She was widowed in 1926 when my mother was 4-years-old and had a very difficult life. Several years later, she was in a very bad car accident resulting in her need to use crutches the rest of her life. We loved her as kids, and our kids loved her, too. My kids called her "Big Grere." My mother talks about how grandma would have her go door-to-door, when she was just a little girl, selling these cookies to make some extra money."

Making cookies during the holidays is a time-honored ritual passed through families for generations. If cookie baking has not been a part of your family holiday tradition, recipes from Pat Grant and the other cookie contest winners will get you started. No matter your experience or skill level, there's a recipe here for you.

Happy baking, happy memory making.

Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at

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