Back to the kitchen...
In our family, recipes are living treasures to be cherished and reverentially passed on from one generation to another. Whether it is pecan pie, biscuits, banana pudding, or sweet potato soufflé, recipes represent times shared around a table, memories made with those we love. We savor the experiences just as we savor the food. So, here is a cookie recipe, which has earned its rightful place in this category of living legacies.
This cookie makes absolutely no claim of being a health food, but I can assure you, you will feel great after consuming one. Mississippi Big Babies hail from a place where heritage & hospitality go hand in hand. Like The Rolling River itself, you will have to roll away if you eat more than two.
Mississippi Big Babies
1 cup butter 2 t. baking soda
1 cup shortening 2 t. baking powder
1 16 oz. box of brown sugar 1 t. salt
2 cups white sugar 6 oz. chocolate chips
4 eggs 6 oz. peanut butter chips
1 T. vanilla 1 cup coconut
4 cups flour 1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups oatmeal 1 cup raisins
2 cups cornflakes
• Cream butter and shortening. Add brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, and vanilla
• Separately, stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Add to previous mixture. Mix well
• In a separate bowl, mix together oatmeal, corn flakes, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, coconut, pecans and raisins. Combine with the above and mix, with determination. Honestly, you might be better served to just wash you hands and proceed to mix by hand.
• Drop by ¼ measures onto a greased cookie sheet
• Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes
• Cool - at least try to cool them. Chances are, they are grabbed before this step can be accomplished
These morsels are never intended to be eaten alone. They have a terrific way of building community among friends, teammates, coworkers, clubs, and best of all...family. I remember making them in my tiny kitchen in the Black Forest of Germany and handing them out the window. The smile of appreciation on the face of friends as they walked by was the only ‘thank you’ ever needed. It's amazing, isn't it, how recipes have a fascinating way of connecting people, geography, and gastronomy!
I am eager to hear the memories you make with Mississippi Big Babies, no matter where you live. Will you share your adventure with me?