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Vintage Old Mission Recipes: Emily “Grandma” Bartko’s Macaroonies

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Longtime Peninsula residents will remember Emily Bartko’s big laugh and outgoing personality. “Grandma Bartko” taught us how to make little finger puppets in Sunday School at Ogdensburg Church, always greeted everyone with a bear hug, and made the most amazing colored Easter eggs (someone help me out here – were they Hungarian? Russian? As I recall, you melted crayons, then dipped and applied to eggs with the head of a pin).

I found this recipe for her “Macaroonies” in the “Community Cook Book – Collected by the Mary-Martha Circle, Ogdensburg Methodist Church.” I don’t see a date on this cook book, but I’m guessing late 1960’s? Again, help me out in the comments below, and tell us your memories of Grandma Bartko.

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Beat until foamy:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Gradually add:

  • 1/4 c. sugar

Continue beating until thick and ivory-colored, 5 to 7 minutes.

Fold in:

  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter

Stir in:

  • 2 c. (7 oz. pkg.) coconut
  • 1 c. (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate bits
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Drop by teaspoon on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 325 for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool one minute and then remove.

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