4-18 church cookbook “Sandies” by Gertrude Thorndale Tyree of the Bayless Memorial Presbyterian Church Cookbook.JPG

There are few things more rewarding than being able to take a vacation. Often, we work all year long to be able to take a much-needed break from reality. It’s a thrill to be able to travel and mentally remove yourself from the hustle of normal, everyday life.

Recently, we embarked on a 12-state, 2700-mile road trip that allowed us to do just that.

We first made our way south towards New Orleans, and eventually found ourselves exploring new places west of the Mississippi River.

A short trip on the famed Route 66 allowed us to see small town America in the same fashion as those traveling the “Mother Road” many years ago, before the interstate system became the preferred way of heading west.

Route 66 is dotted with many quirky roadside attractions. We were able to see such sights as the famous rocking chair, which dwarfed us, and murals capturing the charm of Route 66.

During our journey, for miles, we kept seeing billboards and advertisements for a massive candy store that we would be passing. We decided that we would check it out, so their advertising campaign was effective in our case. Unsure of whether this store would have homemade goods or mass-produced products, we explored anyway.

Upon entry, we saw massive displays of every type of candy and baked goods imaginable. Not only was there candy that can be found in most convenience stores, but there was a selection of homemade goods also. We made our selections and continued east towards Grayson.

As we were thumbing through the church cookbooks this week, you could say that found a little inspiration in our travels.

With this recipe for “Sandies” by Gertrude Thorndale Tyree of the Bayless Memorial Presbyterian Church Cookbook, you too will be able to prepare a treat that is worthy of purchase in a local sweet shop.

To prepare this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

1 c. butter

¼ c. confectioners’ sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 t. water

1 c. flour

1 c. pecans, chopped

Cream the butter and sugar. Add vanilla, water, and flour. Mix well. Add pecans. Form small balls or rolls, about 1 ½ inch long. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake in oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Roll in additional confectioners’ sugar while hot.

A new experience for us was creaming butter. It makes it a lot easier when the butter is at room temperature. Using a mixer is a lot easier than doing it by hand. Basically, you mix it until it becomes creamy.

As far as the recipe goes, these sandies were delicious. To me, these cookies were just as tasty as anything that we purchased in the candy shop. Honestly, these were not difficult to make. The yield made several cookies, and as the ingredient list suggests, it was inexpensive to prepare.

We enjoyed these over several days, and we recommend this recipe. It certainly beats paying for overpriced treats at a candy shop.

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