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  • Mom's trademark activity was her weekly batch of chocolate chip cookies she would bake ("just the Tollhouse recipe from the Nestle chips bag.. but with peanuts") and then hand out to people who were nice to her, or who she deemed in need of cookies. Friends, strangers, bankers, grocery store workers, auto mechanics, nurses, dentists all got to know "The Cookie Lady"

    After her burial, my sisters and I made that trip to Mom's House Without Mom In It to take on the sad clean up task.

    Underneath a box lid on the dinign room table, my sister found these cookies whihc would have been the last Mom baked. She took breaks from chocolate chips to make these biscotti type cookies she called "Mondel Bread" I found the recipe on the counter - I am fairly sure Ruth is her older sister.

    Ruth's Mondel Bread
    350° for 30 minutes

    4 eggs
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup oil or margerine
    2 tsp vanilla
    2 tsp almond extract

    Add in
    1 cup walnut crished
    1 cup mini chips
    4 cups flour
    1 tsp baking powder

    She had many of these hand written on 3x5 index cards she would freely share.

    We all cried as we ate some of her last cookies. They were still good, a bit crunchy stalle, but tasted of Mom's most important ingredient.
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