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Maw Maws Cocoon Cookies

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Sugar was rationed during World War II. Cookies would have been a rare and special treat. My Grandfather worked for Dr. Pepper and sugar wasn’t rationed to the bottling company. My Paw Paw would bring the large empty sugar sacks home. It was my Mom and her brother’s job to shake and shake those sacks to get the stubborn grains of sugar still clinging to the rough cloth out of the sack. With luck they’d shake out around a cup of sugar. 

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My grandmother (in white) was a telephone operator before she got married. Circa 1920; East Texas

This is the only cookie recipe I have from my Grandmother’s hand-written collection. It’s not in her handwriting and it’s titled Susan’s Pecan Fingers. I grew up making these with my mother who knew the recipe by heart from her mom. The slip of paper that the recipe is written on has C. Lehew, my Maw Maw’s name, written on the back. I like to imagine these wartime mom’s Corrine and Susan, sharing recipes and sugar. What a real treat this old fashion cookie would have been back then. It still is a treat today.

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I’ve posted about Maw Maw’s recipes before. This cookie goes by different names, some call them wedding cookies, ladyfingers or sand tarts. My grandmother’s friend Susan called them pecan fingers. Here’s the recipe for what I’ve always called Maw Maw’s cocoons.

Continue to Connie McLeod’s blog, My Creative Journey to get this recipe.

 

Connie McLeod

Connie Mcleod is a: Creativity Coach, Greenview Designs; Art Director; Designer; Marketer; Blogger; Speaker and Group Facilitator; Foodie and Wine Lover; World Traveler

Helene Cohen Bludman

Friday 6th of December 2013

Love old family recipes like this. I have some of my grandmother's recipes written on index cards in her handwriting. They are such a treasure.

Connie McLeod

Friday 6th of December 2013

Thanks Helene. All the recipe I have of hers are of sweets, nearly all cakes and pies. I'm slowly going through them and making each one.

Anne Parris

Friday 6th of December 2013

Love everything about this--the photo, the recipe card, the story. Isn't it great when something you can eat has so many good memories tied up in it too?

Connie McLeod

Friday 6th of December 2013

Thanks Anne, I really treasure these handwritten recipes. They are such a real connection to my grandmother.

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