Not Everyone Longs for Their Grandmother’s Cookies
Before talking about her cookies, I want to make it clear that I loved my grandmother very much, and miss her every day. She was a very generous, loving, and caring person. She just didn’t make very good cookies. I think chocolate chip were the only cookies she made. I don’t remember her making any other kind when we were growing up. And like a loving and proud grandmother, which she was, every Friday night during football season, she would take a huge bucket of her chocolate chip cookies up to the high school and give them to my brother to share with his teammates before the game. Well, the coaches probably had the players wait until after the game to dive into the bucket. But they loved and looked forward to the arrival of her cookies every week!
Her cookies didn’t taste all that bad, if you like lots of butter or biting into a clump of flour that didn’t get blended into the mixture very well. They actually had that yummy chocolate chip cookie goodness you’d expect, but with an extra buttery finish. Granny used way too much butter in her cookie recipe. All that butter made her chocolate chip cookies spread out and cook to an almost paper-like flatness. That might be an exaggeration, but they were quite flat. They were also hard enough to cut glass. Seriously, as tasty as the buttery chocolate chip cookies might have been, they were not very much fun to eat.
Granny, however, made plenty of other things really well. I loved her pecan pies. Her pan-fried chicken with mashed potatoes and cream gravy were amazing. She was good in the kitchen, even if cookies were something she never really mastered.
But she took such pride in baking cookies for us kids and the high school football team. Her cookies were imperfectly perfect because she put all of her love into them. Even if I couldn’t put words to it when I was growing up, I always knew that her chocolate chip cookies were one of the ways she showed us how much she loved us and wanted to make everyone happy by sharing her cookies with others.
Granny was a special little lady, even if her cookies were not very good. R.I.P. Mary Patricia Houseton, I love you!
Bradley Sanchez Houseton is a guest blogger making regular
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You can find more from Bradley at The Houseton Group.