Hilda’s Crack Cookies
There’s a reason this recipe has the word “crack” in the title. Like crack, these cookies are truly addicting! This recipe wasn’t always called “Hilda’s Crack Cookies,” though. The originally version of this recipe was called “MJ’s Can’t Stop Eating Them Cookies.” MJ was a teacher that worked with my sister, Beni. She used to bring the cookies to work, to the other teacher’s delight. Beni shared the recipe with me, but like most recipes, I couldn’t just leave it as is. I messed with it, then messed with it some more, until I was finally satisfied. This version is actually a result of many years of tinkering!
So What’s With the Name?
You might be wondering why I changed the name. The truth is I didn’t; my friend, Teresa, did. Many years ago I baked these cookies for her mother-in-law’s memorial service. Teresa came back with stories of old people fighting over them at the service. It was then that she decided a more suitable name would be “crack cookies.” She threw in my name for good measure. Now all our friends refer to them as “Hilda’s Crack Cookies.”
Rumors in the Air
This recipe is also responsible for the rumors that I don’t give out full recipes, and always hold back an ingredient. You see, once when I was making these cookies, Teresa stopped by for a visit. As she watched me stir the ingredients together, she noticed that I added cardamom, which was not in the recipe. Teresa became very animated (if you know her, you know what I mean.) She insisted that I intentionally left out that ingredient in the recipe I gave her. I tried to explain that I simply gave her a copy of the original recipe that I had received from my sister. I also told her that I have a tendency to add different ingredients from time to time. This did not satisfy Teresa. As a result, she continues to spread the lie that I don’t give out full recipes… If she ever tells you the same, don’t you believe her!
Sometimes Changes Are Good!
What the cooks out there will understand is that sometimes changes are necessary to improve on a recipe. Over the years, I’ve made many changes to the original recipe, as mentioned earlier. First I decided to add vanilla. Next, I experimented with different spices. Finally, I decreased the amount of butter by a quarter cup. In my opinion, these changes made my cookies even better than MJ’s (no offense MJ)!