I was one of the luckiest kids in the world. I not only grew up with both of my parents in the same house, but for my entire home life, my grandma lived at home with us, too. And I’m pretty sure my friends were jealous. Because my gramma? WAS AWESOME. Like, bananas dancing queen gramma. If there was a song about her it would go, “don’t you wish your gramma was AWESOME LIKE MINE!” NO exaggeration. I’m counting on my friends like Tara, etc, to leave comments confirming her awesomeness.

I make lots of jokes about how I don’t cook and blah blah blah. And like I’ve said many times, I don’t like to cook. Well, that’s not entirely true. I like to cook. I don’t like to shop, or clean up. It’s a pain! And I am lazy.

But you know what? I am actually really, really good at baking. Mike thought this was a lie, and then I made a cake for my coworker Dave’s (Rage) birthday. Everyone freaked out like, “oh, this cake is great, blah blah.” Then I entered a contest at work where I made a cake. It was angel food, shaped like a sand castle….and let’s just say that cake not only won the contest, but set the bar IMPOSSIBLY high for the rest of my life.

My Gramma was the MOST amazing cook. She and Mike never met, and it makes me sad, not only because they would have gotten along so amazingly, but because she would have received ENDLESS pleasure from feeding him. If you’re a cook, is there anything better than someone who will eat anything you make?

I’m good at baking because of my gram. Her desserts are legend. I’ve been pretty down and out lately, so I’ve made myself my gramma’s most famous dessert – her cereal cookie. I’ve decided to do something totally out of the norm for me, and share the recipe. I hope it makes all of you as happy as it makes me.

Gramma’s Cereal Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
4 cups Special K Cereal, crushed (measure before crushing)

-Cream shortening and sugars, add eggs and beat until creamy. Add dry ingredients and cereal, mix well. Form into small balls and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
-If dough seems too soft to handle, add more crushed cereal.

What do you think? Do you have a family recipe you want to share?