My mother has always loved to make cookies. Delectable, homemade cookies where a staple in my childhood home. Even after we all left home, she made cookies. Each cookie on the tray would be exactly the same size. Chocolate chip cookies,thumbprint cookies, chocolate cookies, peanut butter cookies, M&M cookies, sour cream cookies, Christmas cookies. She would provide cookies for every family reunion, and at Christmas she would send out boxes of cookies as gifts. Everybody in the family knew about Grandma’s cookies. She always had cookies in the freezer to serve her guests.

My mother, now 103 years old, is no longer able to make her cookies alone. I’ve had the privilege of helping her. Mostly I do the making and she watches. I can tell how much she wants to do it. She turns on the oven and greases the pans, but her body no longer has the strength to mix the dough.

One day, under her watchful eyes, I mixed up a batch of M&M cookies according to the recipe (I thought). I placed them on the cookie sheets and put them in the oven
for the allotted time. Eek! What happened? We don’t know, except they flopped. I’m not sure whether she ate them or threw them away.

I’m glad to say that we made a batch of sour cream cookies recently that turned out perfect. Many people have never tasted a sour cream cookies. They are melt-in-your- mouth delicious! A family favorite. In honor of my mother, I’m going to share the recipe with you.

SOUR CREAM COOKIES    (bake at 400 degrees F. for 8 minutes) Makes about 4 dozen
1/2 c. butter      1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 c. sugar     1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs                 1 c. sour cream
3 1/4c. flour       1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt

Grease baking pans. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat. Combine dry ingredients.  Add alternately with sour cream and vanilla. Sprinkle tops with colored sugar, decors, or cinnamon sugar. Bake. Cool. Remove from pan.