Do you remember baking with your Grandma?

“Everything is made with love and an extra spoon of sugar.”

I have wonderful memories of spending summer afternoons baking with my grandmother. As it turns out, so do many of our members! Our members have shared with us treasured memories of baking with their own grandmas by sending in their favorite memories straight from her precious recipe box. If you have grandchildren of your own, you can create new memories with them by making these delicious desserts together. Enjoy!

Grandma’s Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
sent in by Eloice Zissa of Houston, Texas

Ingredients for Cake:
1 (18¼ oz.) pkg. lemon cake mix
1 (3.4 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1 cup water
½ cup canola oil
¼ cup poppy seeds
Ingredients for Drizzle:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp. water
2 tbsp. lemon juice

Directions: To make cake: In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water and oil. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in poppy seeds. Transfer to a greased and floured 13X9” baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
To make drizzle: Combine confectioners’ sugar, water, and lemon juice. Drizzle over cake.

Grandma Molasses Cookies
sent in by Alvin Anders of Schulenburg, Texas

1 egg
½ cup sugar
½ cup shortening or butter
1/3 cup molasses
2 cups flour
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions: Cream all of the above ingredients together and roll into little balls. Dip in sugar and bake at 300 or 350 degrees.

My Grandmother’s Thunder Cake
sent in by Alma Simecek of Cameron, Texas

Cream together these ingredients one at a time:
1 cup shortening
1 ¾ cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs separated (Blend egg yolks in. Beat egg whites until they are stiff then fold in.)
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup pureed tomatoes

Sift together these ingredients:
2 ½ cups flour
½ cup dry cocoa
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Directions: Mix dry mixture into creamy mixture. Bake in two greased and floured pans at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Frost with chocolate butter frosting. Top with strawberries.

Mee Maw’s Sugar Cookies
sent in by Cullen Ckodre of Schertz, Texas

2 sticks oleo
1 ¼ cups sugar
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla

Beat well. Add these ingredients:
2 ½ cups flour
1 tablespoon soda
½ tablespoon cream of tartar

Directions: Roll up in balls about nickel size. Put on greased cookie sheet, mash with glass. Bake at 350 degrees until brown, about 12 minutes. Take off and cool on the rack. These are so good!