Happy Birthday, T!: Sicilian Slice Cookies

12 Mar

This week, a special guest post from T’s fourth-born and one of my very favorite people on the planet, Aunt Lisa!  She even baked, too!

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On March 12th, my mother will turn 88.  These days, gifts are difficult to buy.  So, I’ll send her something I know she’ll enjoy– cookies.  I’ll use one of her favorite recipes and send a small box, packed for minimal breakage.  I’ll wrap each cookie individually just to make sure.  It’s the least I can do because for years that’s exactly what my mother did for me.  Holidays and birthdays found me running to the mailbox for her special treats.  I’d open the package, close my eyes, and inhale deeply.  With this, I could be with her in her kitchen, laughing, talking, and cooking.  I could be “home” even though I lived thousands of miles away.  Eating the cookies was almost as good.

Greece, 1977. Featuring Lisa, T and T's sunglasses

My mother used traditional flavors, which I seldom cook with now, like anise and coconut.  And nuts… she poured them in, measuring in pounds, not cups.  One Christmas when I was living overseas, I opened the box to find every cookie in crumbs.   I lied to my mother by phone saying they’d arrived in perfect condition.  Well, it wasn’t exactly a lie because they were perfect.  I ate every last cookie, with a spoon.

SICILIAN SLICE COOKIES
6 eggs, slightly beaten
1C sugar
1C vegetable oil
4 drops anise oil or a ½t of walnut oil
1 to 2C raisins or dried cranberries
1lb chopped walnuts
4C all-purpose flour

Combine all ingredients, adding flour last.  Mix to blend well.  Mixture should be stiff enough to hold shape; if not, add a little more flour.  Shape dough into two long loaves and place on a slightly grease cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the loaves are slightly brown.  Remove from the oven, cool slightly, and cut into ½in. slices.  Return slices to the cookie sheet and toast on both sides, about 10 minutes.  Cool slightly and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Happy Birthday, T!

This recipe is one of my mom’s favorites, and mine too.  These treats are perfect with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

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The amount of cookies yielded depends only on how large or small you slice them.  Mangia!

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4 Responses to “Happy Birthday, T!: Sicilian Slice Cookies”

  1. Rose March 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM #

    Lisa’s words are perfect. Thanks for sharing your memory!

  2. cannoli lady March 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM #

    Well done Lisa! Another blogger in the family?!
    Happy 88th Birthday T!

  3. Gia March 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM #

    Happy Birthday T! This recipe is making me hungry……but I have to ask, just what was in that briefcase you were clutching in Greece? Cookies, cannolis or the gun from the movie The Godfather?

  4. Zia Ria March 12, 2012 at 8:22 PM #

    T LOVED the cookies…ate several after opening the package…..and shared a few with her friend Rida……who loved them too!
    That is not a briefcase in the picture…it is the case for T’s sunglasses….Sofia Loren Style!

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