2.24.2007

Mrs. Price Cookies : From the Recipe Box


This recipe is for you "Bake".
Mrs. Price appeared as a fixture at our house in the fall of 1963. That summer my sister SilverValleyGirl had been born, Mom was going back to teach at Silver King School, and my sister needed a babysitter. Mrs. Price didn’t sing like Mary Poppins. She didn’t bustle around and help my dad out the door each morning like Hazel did with Mr. Baxter. She certainly didn’t hand out sappy advice to raymond pert or myself like Alice did to the Brady children. With incredible energy, spunk, love, patience, and household skills Mrs. Price was a different kind of babysitter. With her hair color, clothing style, and the first name Mildred she appeared old in my eight-year-old mind. Also, she didn’t have a car or drive. I don’t think she was as old as I envisioned. Each weekday morning Mom left early and picked her up from her tiny house on 3rd Street .
Mrs. Price loved to cook. Walking in after school the house was often filled with aromas of the dinner Mrs. Price was starting for Mom. If a roast was on the menu, she put in on early. Fresh baked cookies were an added plus sometimes. One time Mrs. Price made a new recipe and when we walked in after school we knew we were in for a treat. These bar cookies sat in the 9x13 pan on the counter and aromas of brown sugar, coconut, and walnuts filled the house. The cookies were memorable for their taste, but also because they were made with Bisquick. We only thought of Bisquick for pancakes, coffee cake, or biscuits. Cookies? We were convinced Mrs. Price was Betty Crocker. We still call the recipe Mrs. Price Cookies. Mom has Mrs. Price’s handwritten recipe on a smeared envelope. We always begged Mrs. Price to mix up those cookies, and Mom continued to bake them after Mrs. Price left. I have no idea where Mrs. Price got the recipe. Searching online didn’t turn up any recipe that was similar.

Mrs. Price’s Cookies
1 lb. brown sugar
4 eggs
2 cups Bisquick
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix all together and add:
1 cup walnuts
1 cup coconut
Bake in a greased jelly roll or 9x13 pan 350 for 25- 30 minutes. Cut into bars.
note: as you can see from the picture, I use Heart Smart Bisquick to make it a bit healthier. I also used Splenda brown sugar. They were still yummy!

4 comments :

  1. I really need to bake these cookies, since they are such a part of our growing up. And darn, I'll probably have to eat most of them since the girls aren't big fans of either coconut or nuts.

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  2. Oh, another bisquick recipe. I can't wait to try it. I am a huge fan of the impossible cheeseburger pie and impossible cheesecake and impossible buttermilk pie. And I often make the biscuit recipe off the box, adding some cheddar cheese and Johnny's garlic seasoning - awesome. Thanks for the recipe.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Looks yummy (and EASY! That's a must if I'm going to bake it...lol!)

    Sometimes I wonder if my kids are missing out on the memories they would have if I were a better, or more frequent, cook. Great post.

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  4. Thanks Mommie Dearest for reminding me about Cheeseburger Pie... I will have to dig out that recipe.
    Katrina-with children I think it is more about the gathering around as a family than whether they remember homemade pie or top ramen. I did a similar memoir piece with my students about their best meal. I loved listening at conferences as they read them to family members. Many stories revolved around food made from a box! Thanks for your feedback.
    Yes SilverValleyGirl you will love the aroma of these cookies in your kitchen!

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