My grandma loved to bake. She used a stenographer’s spiral notebook to record her favorite recipes. I still have that notebook. Some of the recipes were handwritten, and others were cutouts from newspapers. This recipe for White Velvet Cookies is a long time favorite in our family. I remember eating them while growing up, and they seemed to melt in my mouth. I’m not sure mine are as good as hers, but I am going to keep trying!
My cousin, Karen, makes these cookies as well. She rolls out the dough and then uses cookie cutters to make beautiful cookies. I followed my grandma’s tradition of rolling the dough into balls and then using a fork to make a criss-cross pattern. Karen’s cookies are so pretty though, I plan to try doing it that way as well.
One year, my daughter, Talia, made these cookies at Christmas. She gave them as gifts along with a copy of the recipe to several family members. A gift like this is my favorite kind – creative, thoughtful and delicious!
My grandma came to this country in 1906 when she was 8 years old. She, her mother and sister left Graz, Austria and traveled across the Atlantic Ocean on the Kronprinz Wilhem ship. They, along with 12 million others, went through Ellis Island. They had come to join her father, my great-grandfather, who had arrived some years before to work as a carpenter for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. And now, because of all that, I am able to share this delicious recipe with you.
I think my grandma would be so happy knowing her baking traditions live on, as well as our good and happy memories of her.