#53: Kiss Cookies

Sad news, team.

My grandma passed away on Thursday. She was 92.

Not too long ago we went out to lunch. She ordered the bang-bang shrimp. She couldn’t hear too well, so talking in a crowded restaurant was tricky, but she leaned over at one point and told me that once, when she was delivering Meals on Wheels, her wig blew right off her head and down the street. This is a story I will remember for the rest of my life.

Being a part of a big Italian family and suffering from undiagnosed SOCIAL AWKWARDNESS DISEASE, holiday visits always sent me into panic. As a kid, these visits were completely overwhelming, but my Grandma was the one shining light in the crowd.   She’d find me and give me the biggest, warmest hugs and I would hang out with her and work through my giant Snoopy activity books.

I went to visit her last spring when I was still unemployed and she pulled out this spiral notebook full of her recipes. I had no idea she had such a thing and I’m still not sure how she knew that this was by far the best gift she could’ve ever given me, but it happened and I’ve been reading it over and over for the past few weeks. On one of the last pages is the recipe for these kiss cookies.  She made these every Christmas.

Here’s the recipe from her book.  And that’s about all I have this week.



10 thoughts on “#53: Kiss Cookies”

  1. I am so sorry for your loss Jack. Your grandma knew you were brilliant way back when you were a kid. I am sure she is looking down on you with a smile and so much pride in the man you turned out to be. RIP Grandma! ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿช


  2. Jack Attack, I know how much she meant to you. What a moving tribute to share her kisses recipe. And I love the wig story – I wish I had heard it from her directly!


  3. These are my favorite cookies! If your grandma said they’re “very good” I’m obliged to believe it! So sorry for your loss – grandma’s are so precious. Glad you had a good one, and for a long time! Love you!


  4. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandma. Cherish all those warm memories and her recipe book. What a perfect gift! BTW — those cookies look really good!


  5. So sorry to hear about your grandma, Jack. I wondered about the simple cookie recipe this week, but it all makes sense after reading the blog. What a perfect tribute to your grandma. And the wig story was the best. Very Volpi!


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