This is just half of the batch and the smallest cookie up there is still 5 inches in diameter! Those Amish sure know how to double, triple, quadruple a recipe!
Here's the funny thing...when I tasted them, I was instantly transported back in time to Valentine's Days as a kid. That's when my grandparents would send each of us kids a monster cookie of our own. VERY special memory for me. These cookies have such deep roots in my heart.
See, my grandpa who made these with my grandma every year passed away a few years back and now my other grandpa is really struggling with his health. I don't know how long he'll be with us. Loosing them is like loosing a piece of my heritage; so treasured are they to me! I know it's inevitable--death, but losing a whole generation is hard.
These cookies represent so much more than just sugar and calories to me. They're family. They're connection. They're my past and they'll be my future. They're everything that's good in life and make all the hard stuff easier to handle.
So today, I will eat a MONSTER cookie in honor of my grandparents. And Sunday I will sell the rest of the giant buggers. I hope the legacy my grandparents left me with will raise much money to support the next generation of heritage-builders.
What foods evoke strong emotions and memories for you?