Candy Cane Memories

Friday, December 11, 1914 :<<no entry>>
Readers participating in Grandma’s Bake-a-thon have shared many wonderful memories. We are giving Grandma a great send-off to live the rest of her life after the diary ends.

Today I’d like to share the awesome post that Sharon at Dirndl Skirt Gatherings did about her memories of baking Candy Cane Cookies with her mother.

One of the things that I most enjoy about Dirndl Skirt Gatherings is how Sharon infuses her art and artist’s perspective into many posts. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to see her awesome holiday drawing of a woman wearing a candy cane skirt.

Dirndl Skirt Gatherings

Bettcandycan credit: Me and My Green Bin

Growing up in the early 1960s, and being a kind of girly-girl, I do remember I liked my food pink. And sugary. When standing in line with my mom at Acme Supermarket, the impulse buy of choice near the cash register was those awful (to me now) pink marshmallow cookies with white coconut sprinkles. This was before red dye #2 was banned.

vintage mom &amp; me My mother, Shirley, and me in her state-of-the-art kitchen, 1957.

But at Christmas time, we made cookies. Mom did like to bake, if not actually cook. (Hey, it was the Atomic Age, and she had better things to do, like paint!) One of my favorites from that era was candy cane cookies. We had to divide the dough, and color one half. Then keep it moist until we twisted the braids together and curved them into the cane hook. Some baking…

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13 thoughts on “Candy Cane Memories

    1. You are very welcome This post shares a wonderful family holiday baking story and is perfect for the Bake-a-thon. I really liked this post–and always enjoy Dirndl Skirt–so it was fun to have the opportunity to share it with others.

  1. I also bake Candy Cane cookies every December with my two sons (now 18 and 20). I got the recipe from Yankee Magazine many years ago. I’ll bet somewhere I have a picture with me and my sons making them.

  2. The photo of the kitchen in 1957….it’s the exact same layout as MY grandmother’s kitchen right now (it’s at leasr as old as the turn of the last century). I wonder if the rest of the house matched my grandmother’s?

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