In The Kitchen: Family Recipes


In September 2021 we started a new recipe series, In The Kitchen: Family Recipes, on our Facebook page. Every week we are sharing a recipe from my mother’s recipe tin!
In addition to the live baking video, we will share the recipes here on the blog as well.

Week 1 – Chocolate Drop Cookies
Week 2 – Cinnamon Biscuits
Week 3 – Fudgy Squares

Chocolate Drop Cookies

These were the cookies we almost always had in the cookie jar growing up. So simple and easy to make. You could definitely add some chocolate chips, sprinkles or nuts to these to fancy them up. I like them just the way they area

WATCH HERE: Facebook Live video.


  • 1/2 cup Butter (at room temp)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Flour (All Purpose)
  • 4 tsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease or line baking sheet with parchment paper (or silicone mat).
  2. In large mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar until well combined.
  3. Stir in milk and egg. Mix well.
  4. Sift flour into medium mixing bowl. Add cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture until well combined.
  6. Scoop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet.
  7. Bake 12 to 15 minutes.

Cinnamon Biscuits

WATCH HERE: Facebook Live video.


  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour, sifted
  • 4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and grease 9×9 pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter or fork.
  4. Mixture will be lumpy. Make a well in the center and add eggs and milk.
  5. Stir to combine and make a firm but slightly sticky dough.
  6. Knead in bowl or on a flat surface 4 or 5 times to make sure dough is well formed.
  7. Roll out into a rectangle and to desired thickness (1/4 to 1/2 inch).
  8. In small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
  9. Spread sugar mixture over dough, leaving about 3/4 to 1 inch bare on one long side of rectangle.
  10. Roll up loosely at first to keep sugar mixture inside Roll. Once you reach the side with bare dough, fold it over and pinch a little to hold together.
  11. Use a sharp knife or dental floss to cut log into 1 inch portions and place in baking pan.
  12. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes remove from oven, let cool and enjoy!

Fudgy Squares

These sweet, crunchy and gooey little squares make me think of my dad. These were known in our house as “dad’s squares”. I asked my mother recently why I remember them that way. She said my father was not a big sweets eater, but he liked these.

This fudgy square was also always around anytime we had company visiting. I had not made them until doing this series, and they are much easier than I would have imagined!

WATCH HERE: Facebook Live video.


  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts, chopped
  1. Grease 8×8 pan and preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Add sugar to flour mixture.
  4. Cut in margarine until mixture is crumbly.
  5. Press into an 8×8 pan. Set aside.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk 2 egg whites until just starting to get frothy.
  7. Add brown sugar and Walnuts and stir to combine.
  8. Pour and spread over the top of the flour base.
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until browned.
  10. Let cool about 20 minutes. Cut in squares and enjoy!

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