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Kitchen Memories

Updated: Jan 23, 2019

My memories in the kitchen go back as far as I can remember. My mom believed in home cooked meals made from scratch and at 86 years old is still the queen of baking in my eyes. She now mostly bakes muffins and cookies for all to enjoy. She taught me many things in the kitchen and I treasure family recipes she has passed down. She baked for my four sons way through college, sending goodie boxes each week and was well known as “Grandmamma” to members of the Tarleton track and cross country teams. Bryan’s dorm room was always the place to be on Wednesdays when the box would come in the mail. It wasn’t unusual for the other kids to request a particular goodie.

One fond memory I have is receiving my very first cookbook, which I still have today. Thanks to Imperial Sugar Company, I made many recipes from that little book and the cover shows just how messy a kitchen can get, especially with a 6 year old! On my 6th birthday my mom carefully planned the perfect party, a baking party! She made each guest a hand sewn apron and each one took home their very own miniature rolling pin. It was definitely a hit with all of the little girls that attended and a memory I will always treasure. We made cut out cookies.

I want to share one of the recipes from my first little cookbook that is still a favorite today. I have made this recipe hundreds of times and it always gets rave reviews. I hope you enjoy Jerry’s Bars as much as I have and maybe…just maybe you will find time to bake it with your favorite little baker and make some memories of your own. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner you can whip some of these up for your sweetheart!

Jerry’s Bars


1 cup Chopped Pecans

2 tbsp Butter

1 cup Brown Sugar

5 tbsp Flour

1/8 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Vanilla

2 Eggs

½ cup Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter in 8”x8”x 2” baking pan.

In small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, baking soda, and chopped pecans.

In mixing bowl, beat 2 eggs. Stir in brown sugar mixture and vanilla.

Pour this mixture over the melted butter in pan. Do not stir.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven. Let cool slightly. Cut into bars and sprinkle with

Powdered sugar.

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