Jaymi's Continuing Stories
One of the funny things I have observed over the years is when I am invited to a pot luck dinner no one takes any of the goodies I have contributed. Then someone will finally take a bite and start asking, "who made this can I have the recipe." Anyone who knows me will start to laugh. I think after you read this recipe you will understand.
In 1969 I attended a cookie exchange in San Jose California. This lady baked these bars and, oh boy, they were delicious. So ten years later in Boca Raton Florida I was invited to a cookie exchange. I decided to make these cookies. I was pretty sure everyone would love them, after all they had won first prize at a cookie exchange in California.
Maraschino Cherry Bars
¾ c. brown sugar
3 Tbs. butter
½ c. flour
1 ½ tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp. soda
1 c. chopped walnuts
Blend above ingredients adding walnuts last. Spread in greased 9” square pan.
Combine 1/3 c. granulated sugar
¼ c. chopped maraschino cherries
2T.grated orange peel
Sprinkle over batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes.
Cool and cut into finger bars.
On Sunday afternoon Dec. 9, 1979--------
Here is how I made the cookies:
1 ¼ c. brown sugar
4 Tbs. margarine-cheap I am!
My mixture seemed dry so I added
¾ c. orange marmalade, since I do not have any orange peel.
1 ½ c. flour
Heavens, I don’t have any pumpkin pie spice so I’ll substitute with:
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
¾ tsp. ginger
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. soda
1 c. or so of pecans
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 c. chopped maraschino cherries
Spread and sprinkle in 13x etc. pan
Bake 45 minutes; 350 degrees
Good grief a failure! I can’t imagine what I did wrong.
Scoop bars back into bowl and stir into blobs. Roll teaspoons of dough in powdered sugar---and pray.
Take them to a cookie exchange and win first prize and have everyone asking for your recipe.
In 1992 we were in the process of moving from Boca to our new home in the mountains of Northeast Georgia. My friend Janice came over to tell me good bye and she said "Jaymi I have something I think you will want." She gave me back the hand written recipe that I had given to her, because she insisted on having the recipe. I thanked her with great appreciation for her thoughtfulness, because I had completely forgotten about it. I said someday I will write a story. Well here it is 2016 and I have finally written the story.
All of the serving dishes are available on Etsy.