My Aunt Mary Jane's memorial service is tomorrow. My parents are able to be there, for which I am grateful.
I've been thinking about her this week, and remembered her days as a cookie baker extraordinaire. I told my kids about when she had a cookie business, supplying cookies to businesses all over town to sell individually. She would make dozens upon dozens of cookies every day at the peak of this endeavor, and her customers raved about them. My Crazy Baker Elli lit up as I told the story, wishing she'd been able to know her great aunt more.
When I was down there for a visit once, she was baking and I was privileged to be able to sample her best, the Pecan-Chocolate Chip Cookie. It was scrumptious, perhaps the best cookie of its kind I'd ever had. I asked her for the recipe. She hesitated. This was her special cookie and she wasn't sure she wanted it to get out, but I promised I would protect the recipe and she agreed to let me copy it down.
This afternoon, I went and dug through storage. If I could find my box of cookbooks, it would have my recipe box in it. I knew Aunt Mary Jane's recipe was on a folded up sheet of notebook paper toward the front of the box. She dropped the 'Jane' later in life and just went by 'Mary,' so the recipe is appropriately titled, "Sherry's Aunt Mary's Pecan-Chocolate Chip Cookies."
I found it.
It is here in front of me as I type, and I am anxious to pick up some pecans at the store. While the rest of the family is at the memorial service, I will be baking cookies, in honor of a great lady.