Fluffy Lemon Pie, Tea Cakes, Lace Cookies


By Andy Bedwell

Fluffy Lemon Pie

8-ounce cream cheese, softened

Can of condensed milk

1/2 cup lemon juice (just a splash above 1/2 cup)

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 pint heavy whipping cream, (I put mine in the freezer for a few minutes before whipping)

3/4 cup sugar

Mix the cream cheese, condensed milk and lemon juice in a mixer. Add in one teaspoon of vanilla. Put this mixture aside. In a clean bowl, whip heavy whipping cream, sugar and one teaspoon of vanilla. Whip until it is really thick and fluffy. After cream has been whipped, combine it to first mixture well. Pour mixture into a large graham cracker crust or two smaller ones. Place in freezer. Cut a slice and right back in the freezer.

Andy’s Note: This pie is wonderful for a hot summer day. You must try! You can keep these in your freezer all summer.

Pat’s Old-Fashioned

Tea Cakes

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 sticks margarine

2 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup Crisco oil

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

Cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Drop dough the size of a walnut on an ungreased cookie sheet. Mash flat with the bottom of a glass that has been coated with sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-11 minutes or until lightly browned.

Andy’s Note: Pat Davidson is a cousin of mine who lives in Piedmont. Pat, this is absolutely a great recipe. Thank you for sharing it with me!

Frances’ Oatmeal

Lace Cookies

1 1/2 cups oats

1 stick margarine, melted

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Pour melted margarine over oats. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Drop by tablespoon on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Be sure and separate cookies far apart on foil or they will run together. Do not remove from foil until completely cool and then peel off. Be sure they are brown. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Andy’s Note: This was Frances Blackwell’s signature cookie at Eastside Presbyterian Church. She was a beautiful lady and a fabulous cook!

Happy Cooking!


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