Old Fashioned Recipes From My Mother and Grandmother

by Yael Aires June 26, 2018


img_2017My mother is a fantastic baker and cook and I have memories going back as far as I can remember of her being in the kitchen. These recipes were staples in our home on a rotating basis with a few others. Baking Scones was my introduction to baking, as I didn’t need to use an electric beater. It’s all done by hand! I only graduated to the electric beater as I got older. Biscuits are quick and easy to bake and have a good shelf life. They also freeze very well – so you always have something sweet on hand!

 Granny Zelda’s Maizena Cookies

Preheat oven to 375F

Rub all ingredients together

1 lb. butter

1 lb. powdered sugar

1 lb. flour

1 lb. maizena (corn starch)


4 eggs

4 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla

Pinch salt

Roll out onto a floured board.

Using a cookie cutter (your choice of size) cut and place on
greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges turn a little brown.

When cool, sandwich together with your favorite jam.

Make a water/powdered sugar icing, spread over the top and
decorate with a piece of glacé cherry.

This quantity can easily be halved.


Granny Bern’s Rich Chocolate Cookies

1st Layer

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup sugar

5 tbsp. cocoa

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

Combine in the top of a double boiler. When butter
has melted and mixture has thickened.


2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup chopped pecans.

Press into a greased 9-inch square tin.

2nd Layer

1/4 cup butter

3 tbsp. milk

2 tsp. vanilla pudding powder

2 cup powdered sugar

Cream butter. Combine pudding powder and milk. Stir into
creamed butter. Blend in powdered sugar.

Spread over layer 1 and refrigerate.

3rd Layer

4 oz. bitter chocolate

1 tbsp. Butter

Melt chocolate and butter over hot water.
Spread over layer z2 and refrigerate until set.

Cut into squares.


Custard Cookies

Preheat oven to 400F

Mix together

6 oz. butter

2 oz. powdered sugar


2 oz. custard powder

6 oz. flour

Pinch salt

Mix together and roll into small balls. Place on cookie sheet and gently press down with the back of a fork.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
English Scones

Preheat oven to 425F

Rub together

2 cups flour

2 Tbsp. sugar

4 tbsp. Butter


1/2 tsp. salt

4 tsp. baking powder

1 beaten egg

1/2 cup milk (just under)

Mix together and drop into greased and floured muffin tin.

Paint the scones with a beaten egg.

Bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes.


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