You know the saying, that as you get older, you open your mouth and your mother comes out? I would’ve sworn on my life as a teen that this would never happen to me, that it couldn’t, wouldn’t be how I would parent. Speed ahead 30 years later and lo and behold I was blessed with three amazing children of my own and I’ve seen my mother in a whole new light.
I should say to her, thank you for loving us as deeply as you did and I’m sorry for all the trouble I gave you.
Oh, and you were right.
Mom scratch baked for us every single week-end. Tunes always blaring in the kitchen, she made the best meals and treats. I have vivid memories of standing on a chair and helping her roll dozens of cookies in sugar. These Love Cookies were a regular during our childhood. They aren’t really cookies, they’re made in bar form, and I’ve never seen another recipe similar. Waiting for the glaze to set while they were still warm was a killer but mom usually cut a little warm piece off for us.
When I make these now, I often eat a piece or two (sometimes a row!) right after it’s been glazed. It takes me right back to that little kitchen of my childhood, and to mom, within minutes.
These are full of walnuts, cinnamon and raisins. They are baked on a sheet pan and topped with a sweet glaze while still warm. When the glaze sets, it leaves a gorgeous crackly layer on top.
I have no idea where this recipe came from, but I’m pretty sure of the Love in the name.
Thanks mom. xo
Do you have a recipe that takes you right back to your moms kitchen? I would love to hear about it!
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup+ 1 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup + 1 tbsp water, divided
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup cold milk
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
1. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, cinnamon, 1/2 cup butter, raisins and 1 cup water. Mix well. Combine baking soda and remaining tbsp water and stir until soda dissolves. Add to the raisin mixture and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add the walnuts and set aside.
2. Mix flour and baking powder and add to the raisin mixture. Stir just until combined. Spread onto 10 x 15 cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 25-27 mins until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Watch carefully at 25 minutes as these can over bake quickly.
3. In a small bowl combine the milk, tbsp of melted butter, icing sugar and vanilla. Whisk any lumps out and spread over cookies while still warm.