Cookie Road Trip: Florida
By Beverly Hicks Burch
It’s been a while since we traveled down the Cookie Road Trip. I have to admit, time, life and a misplaced cookie cookbook intertwined to cause that lapse. But, never fear, my “road map” had resurfaced.
This stop takes us to Florida, the most “tropical” of the contiguous 48 states.
Florida is located in the southeaster part of the USA. At one time it was truly a “Southern” state populated with many idyllic little Southern towns. I’m sure there are still many generational Floridians who consider themselves Southern, but over the years Florida has become like California. There are so many transplants from other areas of the country (especially “snowbirds”) and from other countries that Florida no longer has the pace, feel or accent of the South.
Florida has a subtropical climate and is warm if not down right hot most of the year. It also very humid since it juts out into the Gulf of Mexico. Although gripped by drought and water shortage conditions at the present, Florida has been known for its daily passing afternoon thunderstorms…which of course add to the humidity. The state also can get slammed by the mother of all storms…a hurricane.
For many people, Florida is viewed as “vacationland”. It started with the famous beaches, which believe me are different from the East coast of Florida to the West coast situated on the Gulf of Mexico. As a former “Gulf Coast gal” (Alabama has in common a Gulf Coast position) I can vouch for the white sandy beaches on the Gulf Coast. There’s just not many in the world as beautiful. It’s a shame I’m not a beach gal…it’s “mountains for the win” for me!
Later the tourism industry continued to thrive and grow in Florida, especially after Walt Disney tapped Orlando in the central Florida area for his Disney World and Epcot. Later additions included MGM studios, Universal Studios, Sea World, Hard Rock Café and many other attractions to siphon the money from tourist and visitors wallets.
Florida’s Cape Canaveral is the home of NASA and the US space program. All of NASA’s major launches take place at the Cape. There are many interesting tours and exhibits for visitors, and if you’re really lucky, your visit might coincide with a shuttle launch.
Today’s cookie was a recipe Ruth McInvale discovered when she was visiting in Vermont. One day while dining at a little inn in Vermont, Ruth sampled these little treats and managed to wrangle the recipe out of the chef…as long as she promised to not share the recipe as long as he was alive. That was over 25 years ago. Ruth was good for her word, and after the chef passed away, she was able to share the recipe with delighted friends and family. Her recipe comes from the Christian Heritage Church in Tallahassee…which also is the capital of Florida and the home of my Tall & Handsome’s alma mater, Florida State University.
© 2009 Beverly Hicks Burch
Maple Flavored Crescents
2 cups flour
½ cup confectioner’s sugar
½ teaspoon, scant maple flavoring
2 sticks butter
1 ½ cup chopped pecans
Mix together all ingredients.
Shape a teaspoon full of cookie dough into a crescent shape with your fingers. Make the crescent shape as uniform as possible to insure even baking.
Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake on 250° for 40 minutes.
Remove from pan and roll in confectioner’s sugar.
Cool on wire racks.