Grandma loves dessert

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 Grandma loves dessert

There are foods that bring me back to my childhood. Foods that my grandma’s, aunts and my mom would make for family gatherings. I can close my eyes, and can picture myself there. The dining room table filled with food, and a train of relatives carrying plastic trays and paper plates making their way around the spread.

It’s the late 1980′s. I can see the dark brown shag carpet. I can feel the gigantic homemade bows perched on top of my too tightly pulled pig tails. My uncles will soon retreat to sitting in the living room watching a hunting show on the TV, while the ladies gossip and swap recipes in the kitchen.

My grandma would almost always bring dessert. I remember like it was yesterday the first time she made this cookies and COOL WHIP Whipped Topping dessert. And if anyone would compliment my grandma and tell her you like something she’s brought, she would (and still does) immediately tell you how easy it was, and exactly how to do it.

Right then, right now, in the middle of the party. Get out a pen and paper.

“Kid, it’s so simple! I learned it from the lady on the Talk of the Town radio show!”

And she’s right, it’s so very simple. 3 ingredients and about 10 minutes is all it takes:

1 pkg of crunchy chocolate cookies

1 container COOL WHIP

Milk

Dip cookies in a shallow bowl of milk, and cover bottom of a 9×9 dish with the soggy cookies. Then cover first layer of cookies with a layer of COOL WHIP. Repeat with COOL WHIP and milk soaked cookies until you’ve filled the casserole dish. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight.

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It’s not the prettiest dessert, but it’s incredibly tasty. And it’s super simple, the perfect dessert to let the kids help assemble.

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Thank you grandma, and thank you Talk of the Town lady from Zeeland, Michigan circa 1987. I’ve come a long way in the kitchen, but this will always be a well loved and cherished dish. This and pickled beets, deviled eggs, pig in the blankets, balkenbrij and sherbet punch. Ah, food of my ancestors.

One of my favorite quotes from an author I very much admire (Michael Pollan) goes: “Don’t eat anything that your Grandma wouldn’t recognize as food.”  And while Michael Pollan might cringe and give me the stink eye, I think I found a loophole in his system. Good thing for me, Grandma knows and loves Cool Whip.

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What foods do you love because of tradition? I would love to hear about them.

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  1. Hey!!! I LIVE in Zeeland Michigan! :)

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    Emily Reply:

    Zeeland Michigan is my favorite place! Spent the first glorious 18 years of my life there…

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  2. Good grief…my grandma made this too! Probably after she heard it on Talk of the Town, which is STILL ON. And my grandparents have the radio on this station 24/7 as far as I know. If you drop by their house (which is always unlocked), and they are not home, the radio is on.

    Also? Mmmm to sherbert punch!
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    Emily Reply:

    pretty sure every grandma in west michigan makes this. Am I right?

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  3. Keeping in theme with Cool Whip—I grew up with topping every kind of pie imaginable with Cool Whip. My family cannot eat dessert without a dollop of Cool Whip on the top; and I like to dip graham crackers right in the tub and eat it that way too. :)

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  4. My mother-in-law used to make a dessert with Oreos, vanilla ice cream, peanuts, Cool Whip and chocolate syrup she called “Freak Out.” And freak out we did. That stuff was crazy good, and freak out we did. I have her hand-written recipe from before she passed … you’ve inspired me to get it out and share it with my kids who never knew their Grandma Dee Dee.
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  5. oh too funny EMILY…. I just made this on tuesday night to have with dinner on wednesday… Super easy and so YUMMY!!!

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    Emily Reply:

    hope you and that little guy are doing great! Those first couple weeks are beautiful and challenging all at the same time.

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  6. My dad used to rake leaves for a lady who would pay him in pumpkin bread. One time he asked for the recipe. Every eve before Thanksgiving my dad and I use the laminated recipe card to make for the feast. We can barely read her handwriting circa late 1950s. But my dad has it memorized. No one else is allowed to help make it except my daddy and me. Not even brother. Last Thanksgiving I was 8 months pregnant and now I can’t wait to put the highchair next to the kitchen counter so my little girl can help this year (maybe).

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    Emily Reply:

    Sarah, that is such a touching story. Such a heirloom memory to pass down to your daughter. But honestly, your dad needs to break out the pumpkin bread more than once a year I hope!

    And cheers to teaching our kids the finer things in life, like getting paid by neighbors in tasty desserts. Love it!

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  7. Yes, Talk of the Town and Trading Post are still on, my Grandma and now Mom too listen to them both. I always wondered how you spell balkenbrijj. There was always a debate on how to properly eat it. Some of the people would put catsup (yes, I said catsup, not ketchup) on it and others would put maple syrup on it. I think the recipe died with my great grandma. What is the main ingredient btw, or don’t I want to know? You’ll have to visit Zeeland soon, we’re getting a new restaurant downtown and ……it might serve ……..alcohol. Yes, Vitales already does, but this one is the first downtown.

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    Emily Reply:

    believe it or not, we still eat balkenbrijj (which I have to google spell every time) about once a month. We pan fry it, and drench it in dark syrup. I grew up on it, and my kids love it.

    I’ll be in Zeeland this coming weekend, and then again for Tulip Time, I hope.

    And yes please to more booze in the zeel. :)

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  8. You can do the same with cool whip condensed milk short bread cookies and canned peaches. layer cookies first,then condensed milk,and cool whip. keep layering.

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