Nanny’s cookies and her love

Nostalgia seems to hit me often as I get older. I have to believe it is because I have actually lost a few people who were the most special in my life….like my Nanny “Mae Iris Whitton”, who’s first name I tote as my middle name. Actually, my nanny gave me my name. I like to think that she was quite “hip” to have given me the name Shelby Mae back in 1963! I certainly grew up with nobody else who owned that name around me!

I was the first of 18 grandchildren to my Nanny. Being the first born baby in the family, you can imagine I was spoiled with all kinds of love and attention! I was attached to Nanny’s hip for as long as you can remember. My nanny was the sweetest person on this earth. She never did wrong to anyone, was always kind to even those who didn’t have the best of intentions. I remember getting up in the morning with my dad before he went to work just so I could get in his truck and ride the 1 mile down the road to Nanny’s house and crawl into bed with her and cuddle for another hour and then go down to “whatever you wanted” for breakfast. I would always tell her I wanted one of her eggs fried in butter with toast. I don’t know why, but Nanny’s eggs and toast were always the best tasting and her kitchen was the only place I would eat them!

I remember being in her kitchen helping her make pies and cookies – the things she made most often. Her sugar cookies were my favorite. They were so soft and big, and I loved it when she would frost them. I don’t make them as often as Nanny did, but I do make them a couple times a year. This is her recipe for these soft, yummy cookies.

2 cups sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons grated orange rind (may substitute grapefruit rind)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
2 tablespoons milk
  1. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, milk, and orange rind together well. Set aside.
  2. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet until well blended.
  3. Chill at least 20 minutes.
  4. Remove 1/2 dough from dish (dough will be soft). Pat with flour and roll out on board until 1/2″ thick. Cut with favorite cookie shape. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, or until cookie is no longer wet looking in the center.


  1. Anonymous says

    Every one has nostalgic moments i am sure , but the manner in which your thoughts have come down in a flow makes any one feel it and yet ponder about ones own moments …

    Good luck the cookies look great but you write also well..!!!


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