Flying Geese Publications

Souvenirs III: Living in the Hills

Souvenirs III:

Living in the Hills

by L. Joyce Mundy

Cover and book design by Owen Mundy
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Excerpt from the story, "Blackberry Jelly and Bread"

"As a child, I thought there could be no better snack than jelly and bread. The best kind was soft white store-bought Honey Crust bread, spread generously with Grandma Mundy's homemade jelly....In summer, Grandma sent us outside to avoid messing up her kitchen floor. "Now, run out in the yard," she would say as she handed out the jelly and bread, and we zipped out of the kitchen, with the screen door slamming behind us. We ate the treats with great relish, licking our fingers clean...."

"Grandma's wild blackberry jelly was a favorite, and it required considerable effort to produce. She braved chiggers, snakes, and scratches from sharp briars to harvest the wild berries. After washing the buckets from morning milking, Grandma would put one over her arm and set out around the hill in the early dew..."

This recipe reminds me of the sticky fingers of childhood. The small nutty shortbread cookies have the added flavor of your favorite jelly. If you happen to have homemade wild blackberry jelly and hickory nuts, you are in for an extra special treat.
Thumbprint Cookies

1 stick of regular margarine, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cup sifted flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or hickory nuts
Jelly

Mix together first four ingredients. Stir in flour and salt. Form into small balls 1 inch in diameter, and roll in chopped nuts. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 5 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from oven and quickly press thumb on top of each cookie. Return to oven and bake 8 minutes longer. Time precisely. Cool and place a small teaspoonful of jelly in each thumbprint. Makes about 2 dozen. Must be stored in a single layer.