This book is a collection of favorite recipes culled from a large stack of faded, spilled on, scribbled on spiral notebooks kept by my grandmother, Eleanor Drew Hooper, and my mom, Ann Hooper Muncaster. Both have passed away now— Grammy so long ago I can barely remember her warm embrace; my mom so recently I can still think it might be her when the phone rings.
There are a couple of recipes in mom’s cookbook. I’m not sure which was her favorite but the brown sugar one is awesome. I’ll list the 2 variations—Polly’s traditional one, and the one from he Diamond Walnut bag stuck inside. My opinion is the brown sugar is chewier and more, uh, homey.
These traditional Chilean or Argentine cookies are called Alfajores. They are sold in corner bakeries and children die for them. They are worth the special effort for a special occasion.