Wednesday, December 23, 2009



There's something magic
In just the thought!
It seems so ordinary,
So small,
So everyday ---
Thee is something magic,
Something that changes
The way I feel,
The way I think
When I remember
Those special days
When Opoe made
Those large,
"Just One,"
She always said,
But somehow ---
Somehow I managed
To get two ---
Two of those great big,
"Boterkoek" cookies!
And as I waited --
Patiently ---
She told me all about
And poor children
in Holland.
I listened,
Politely, I think,
But mostly,
I ate.
I loved these buttery cookies!
More than any other
I loved Opoe's boterkoek
Best of all!

There's something magic
In just the thought
Of Opoe's
Something that drives me
To try to bring
Back to life
The memories of
Those bygone days.
Nothing else will do ---
No Oreo,
No Soft Batch,
No Toll House,
No Nutter Butter
Can still the stirring
Deep within my heart.

When once I get
That magic feeling
That I need to taste
Once more
A really big
And tasty Boterkoek
Like Opoe used to make --

I BAKE!!!!


One of my all time favorite. . . .cookies???. . . . has to be BoterKoek. This means Butter Cake in Dutch. But to me, it's more like a butter cookie bar. Crisp on the outside, chewy and soft on the inside. A little more dense than a brownie. Why they call it cake is beyond me. My sister made this yesterday and it is just too good . . .melt in your mouth good . . . .who care's if you get fat good . . . .!!!!!

12 servings 50 min 20 min prep

2/3 cup butter or margarine or half-and-half
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract (I like 2 1/2 teaspoons in mine!)
1 egg, beaten (reserve 1 tsp)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
sliced almonds, for garnish (optional but not the same with it)

In medium bowl, mix together butter, sugar and almond extract.
Add beaten egg except for 1 teaspoon.
Sift flour and baking powder, and add to bowl, mixing with wet ingredients.
Put dough in greased 9 inch pie plate.
Mix the reserved 1 tsp of beaten egg with 1 tsp of water, and brush over dough.
Sprinkle with sliced almonds, if desired. (My Oma always used the almonds, it looks pretty and adds a nice touch!).
Bake at 350 degress for 25-30 minutes or until done (firm to the touch).
This is a dense cake (like a bar cookie or hard brownie), but should be soft on the inside and hard on the outside, but not too hard!


Debra said...

I am making this-right now! I've got the oven on with pies in there, so I might as well keep baking! I love almonds, and this sounds like a wonderful treat. Thank you, and thank you for your memories-I loved reading about your grandma.
Merry Christmas!
My love to Juri too!

Debra said...

Cora-It's delicious! First of all, the almond smell is so good! But the taste! Yum!!
Thank you !

Judy's Vintage Collections said...

Merry Christmas Cora, that recipe sound delicious! Thanks for sharing it too! Have a wonderful and Happy New Year
Be always safe in Jesus!

Jill said...

Merry Christmas Cora and a healthy and happy 2010.
Copying down this recipe, thanks.

*Linda Pinda* said...

Miss you sooooooo much, Cora. I hope and pray that you, Juri, and the family all have a beautiful and blessed Christmas together.

Hugs, Linda and family

Nancy M. said...

Sounds great! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!!!

Ruthie said...

good to hear from you again. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful new year. Hugs. Ruthie

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

Merry Christmas, Cora :)

papel1 said...

I am wishing a Happy New Year and hope 2010 is a good year for you.

Farmhouse Blessings said...

Your poem is just beautiful, Cora! I was transported along with you as I read the words.

Miss you so much and hope you had a blessed Christmas.

Love, Lea

Daria said...

I know how good that Dutch baking is ... my hubby is Dutch.

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Sis!!!
((((Hugz))) It's so good to see you posting. I love reading your poem of memories of days gone by. How are you doing?? it has been awhile, Thank you for sharing your memories with us. I pray that you had a blessed Christmas and wish you a year of health, joy, and peace.

Luv ya Lorie

Tom and Cindy said...

Wishing you a Blessed New Year

Lea said...

You have me wanting TWO of these cookies right now.
So happy to see you tonight Cora! Ive missed you bunches!
Love Lea

ByLightOfMoon said...

Cora, It is absolutely delightful to see your posting again. You have really been missed!

Have a Happy 2010 and you will make your goal, I Am certain of it.

Smiles, cyndi

Ruthie said...

Oh those wonderful holiday recipes!
So nice to catch up on your blog.
blessings in the new year for you.

Nishant said...

his sounds like a wonderful treat. Thank you, and thank you for your memorie

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Fran said...

Sure does sound yummy Cora.

Barbara said...

Oh does this sound wonderful, like my kind of cake, a cookie, lol
I had some really good friends in Spring Hill,FL we live in Southern Georgia, but from Jacksonville, FL
I am going to try this recipe thanks.
Hugs, Barbara

Linda said...

Boterkoek actually DOES mean 'butter cookie', you were right about that one! ;)

Our local grocery store had these on sale last week, so we just 'had to' buy a big one!

Greetings from the Netherlands!