by | Aug 9, 2012 | Uncategorized | 8 comments

 When you are four, and you’ve discovered a little box of biscuit cutters in your toy box, well of course you want to try them out. So you make your grandmother promise. And of course she says yes.
Because she has a sweet place in her heart that melts when you are around.

 First you mix up the dough. You are given the sieve to shake and remove the lumps from the flour. But LUMPS is a new word. ‘What are lumps?’ you ask, and when they are pointed out, ‘are they like little rocks?’ Well yes.

Then you learn to roll the dough out, as thin as possible. You learn to place the cutters close to the edge,

and to press really, really hard.

 Some of the shapes are so funny that you and granny can’t stop laughing.

Finally, there they are, all spread out on the tray, ready for the oven. Mmm, that smells so good on a cold wintry day.

 And when they are ready, and sitting on the special plate that belonged to great-great-grandma whom you never knew, it feels as if spring has come.

Mmm. Let’s start eating, and can you take the rest home? Today you were a star cook, and you even insisted on cleaning up afterwards. Of course you can.


  1. lifeonthecutoff

    Is there a more delightful activity than baking cookies on a cold winter’s day with such a lovely helper? I could almost smell your cookies baking, Juliet, and I could definitely feel all the love that was being shared.

  2. Lynley

    What a wonderful variety of cookie cutters you have Juliet.

    I’m looking forward to baking with my grandchildren. So many people remember being in the kitchen helping their grandparents cook or bake. Rich memories that connect with love and specialness.

  3. juliet

    Penny, I can imagine you will be doing the same before too long, and your Yia Yia will be with you in spirit. It’s amazing how competent little ones can be, when allowed to help. Thank you.

    Lynley, that’s a pleasure indeed for the future. I can still remember the smell of my grandmother’s date scones cooking in the coal range.

  4. Hotly Spiced

    I love your granddaughter’s adorable bracelet collection – she certainly doesn’t leave the house without all her precious jewels. And I love these biscuits. What a fun things to do with your granddaughter and you have a fabulous collection of cookie cutters – I must add a few to mine! xx

  5. Joan

    love love love this post. What a lucky little girl to have such Granny moments. My wish for the world is that all children be so loved and cherished.

  6. juliet

    Hi Charlie, yes the bracelets go everywhere with her! I bought this collection of cookie cutters for my first granddaughter about 15 years ago, and it certainly has a good variety in it.

    Joan, I can imagine you and your little friend doing the same. It’s such a pleasure to cook with this little one.

    thank you, Charlie and Joan.

  7. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Juliet .. glad to read you’re taking things slowly and gently recovering.

    The little one must be a delight and heart-warming to the soul .. those biscuits look great!

    Cheers – Hilary

  8. juliet

    Hi Hilary, slow and steady seems to be the keynote at present. The biscuit-making was such fun, and I’m planning another lot, spicy this time.


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