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    Years ago, my mom left me her cousin's old Betty Crocker cookbook. She had a Betty Crocker too, so she didn't need a second one. They are both long gone. During the pandemic my household has been making a lot more by hand. I got out Pearl's / my mom's cookbook. She always used a Sunbeam mixer. I didn't have a stand mixer so decided to order one. Choosing between those cheapie mixers made you-know-where, vs. the Kitchen-Aid models that are made in Ohio (I think), but are too big and heavy and expensive for me, I went with nostalgia and bought a Sunbeam (which MIGHT be made in US or possible S. America but not you-know-where. I forgot to look at the label and websites are confusing.) It's remarkably similar to my mom's - more plastic than hers, but the function is all the same. Even the heavy glass bowls.

    So I got out her cookbook and made some gingersnaps.

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    They came out great. I remember her using her mixer, me sitting in the kitchen and trying not to be a pest. Lots of nostalgia there. Even the sound was the same. She declined when I was young, and I was working or in the Army and far away, so there wasn't much time together after that. Sometimes she sent me cookies. This was a nice memory.

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    I was disappointed it didn't come with a cookbook, so ordered an old one from the 60s on the internet. That would be the one she used sometimes.
     
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    Yup! Covid pandemic lockdowns sure have turned us all into better cooks! :cool:
     
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    Great posting on several levels, not the least of which was the result. It made me reminisce, mate. Thanks.
     
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    Those cookies look delicious ! I still have that mixer,,just different color !
     
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    Just an fyi - I looked at the label on the bottom of the mixer. Made in China. Well, I will keep it but won't buy another from them if this one breaks. I don't mind buying imported goods, but I think we should have the ability to determine where something is made before we buy it.
     
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    Cor, Daniel, is there anything at all you can't do ? Those gingersnaps look SO professional :setc_089:
     
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    Thank you so much @Tetters. There are so many more things I wish I could do.

    After this post I made Madelines. They came out OK but I like regular cookies better. I wonder if I can make Madelines more like a sponge cake, only Madeline size? I don't know. Then I made peanut butter cookies, which I liked much more LOL
     
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    Have a go at making Australian lamingtons Daniel, they are the messiest ones I've ever had success with, but give a jolly good sense of achievement when the job's completed! .......That of course if you ever have the time to fit it in!! ;)
     
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    They look brilliant Daniel :)
     
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    They look scrummy Daniel
     
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    I made more yesterday. The next batch might be peanut butter cookies. Those are so good.

    I decided now that home made cookies spoiled me, no more grocery store ones for a while. Also home made have no high fructose corn syrup, which seems to be an appetite stimulant without actually making them better.

    I found a Betty Crocker cookie cookbook from the 90s, so ordered it.
     
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    I have a recipe for double peanut butter cookies ! Its better than any I have found ! Let me know and I will post it !
     
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    @mart, Sure, I'd love to see it!

    Today I made Betty Crocker's chocolate chip cookies. Last time, I couldn't find our supply of nuts, so I substituted chopped peanuts for walnuts. Actually pretty good. This time I used chopped pecans. The chocolate chips were 65% Cacao.

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    The flour package had a recipe for lemon cookies. The sugar package had a revipe for old fashioned sugar cookies. Maybe one of those is next.
     
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    Marvellous-looking cookies. Did you use a box of mix or just sort of throw it together? My Bride says, “Why don’t ours ever look like that”? Ha ha.
     
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    Those are 3/4 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup white sugar, 1 cup softened butter, one egg, combined in mixer. Then combine 2 1/4 cup flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt. Combine flour mixture thoroughly with sugar mixture. Then mix in 1 cup chopped nuts and 1 12-oz package chocolate chips. Then I make the dough into a ball, cut it in half, cut each half into thirds. (each third makes a dozen cookies). One at a time, I cut each of those thirds into quarters, cut the quarters into thirds, making a dozen cookies. I roll the final portions into a ball and place that onto cookie sheet. It might be easier to use a tablespoon to measure instead of cutting the dough portions but this is how I do it.

    In my oven preheated to 375F I bake them 12 minutes. The recipe says 8 to 10 minutes but my oven is slower. I do one cookie sheet at a time. Then let them cool 3 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to cooling rack.

    That was by memory. I can look later to see if the amounts are right. I think they are.
     
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