Writers Who Bake: Merril D. Smith

Charlotte is doing a fun series on writers who bake. I’m on today’s post with two cookie recipes.


Mandelbrot Cookies

I’m sharing two cookie recipes because in our house they’re called “Mommy Cookies” and “Daddy Cookies.” The first is my mandelbrot cookies. They are my favorite cookies, which is why they’re called Mommy Cookies. They’re like biscotti with dark chocolate chips and cinnamon and sugar. This recipe came from a cousin, and then I refined it. I used to bring them to archivists when I was working on my dissertation.

The other cookies are Welsh Cookies, which are cooked on a griddle or fry pan like pancakes. I’ve discovered my cast iron fry pan works great. The recipe came from my husband’s grandmother, though I’ve changed it to butter–the recipe originallyused lard and margarine.

Mandelbrot (aka “Mommy Cookies”)

3 ¾ cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup oil

2 tsp. baking powder

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla and a little bit of almond extract (maybe about ¼ tsp?)

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19 thoughts on “Writers Who Bake: Merril D. Smith

  1. Thanks for sharing your recipes Merril. I always drool over your food photos so this is exciting to get recipes. I’ll definitely be trying the Mommy cookies and who knows, perhaps the Welsh ones too!

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