The Pontow Family Blog

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cookies Cookies and more Cookies

I am not sure why I do this to myself every year at this time. In my family it was a tradition that I think my mom started and maybe my Grandma Alice started it before her. Not sure on that one. But, my mom would spends days and hours baking up every cookie you could imagine for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations. We would have Lemon Bars, Butter Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Crescents, Reese's Peanut Butter Bars, 7 Layer bars, Banana Bread, Pistachio Bread and the list goes on. At some point I don't even remember when it happened the torch got passed to me to be the "Cookie lady".

I started my baking the week after Thanksgiving. And it seems like it has been non-stop since then. I have made: Lemon Bars, Reese's Peanut Butter Bars, 7 Layer Bars, Banana Bread, Pistachio Bread, Puppy Chow Chex Mix, Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, Butter Cookies, Peanut Brittle, White Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Fudge and Caramel Corn. Making it all is pretty time consuming. But, what makes doing it so satisfying is watching my family and friends enjoy what I have made. So, I figured I would start posting some of the recipes out here. This Christmas season start a new tradition with your family. Bake goodies for someone you know will enjoy them!

Mom's Banana Bread
2/3 c. Margarine
2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
3/4 c. Brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. mashed bananas
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2/3 c. buttermilk

1) Stir margarine to soften. Mix in dry ingredients except brown sugar.
2) Add brown sugar, bananas, 1/2 buttermilk. Mix until ingredients are moist.
3) Beat for 2 minutes. Add rest of buttermilk and eggs. Beat for another 2 minutes
4) Bake at 350 in greased/floured pans.
30-35 minutes for mini loaves or 55-60 minutes for larger loaves.

NOTE: You don't have to use Buttermilk. You can use Skim Milk and add a tablespoon or 2 of Lemon Juice to it. Then let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. It tastes the same as the original recipe.

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