Monday, September 21, 2009

"Deal" Cookies-A treasured recipe from my husband's grandmother

The name of this cookie may throw you off but believe me...this recipe is legendary. This recipe comes from a cherished woman by the name of Odile Thiels Welch also known as "Deal" to my husband and everyone in his family. She is loved by so many and is now at home with our heavenly Father watching over her beloved family from Heaven. I never had the chance to meet Deal but I feel like I know her. Deal is my husband's grandmother and my father in law's mother. I have listened to my husband and his family speak so wonderfully of her since the day he and I met. She was a strong, courageous woman and mother of 5, grandmother of 13. She raised her children to love, to take care of family and to love the Lord. I only wish I could have had the pleasure to meet Deal but I truly feel like every time I bake these cookies I get to know her a bit better.

Deal loved her grandchildren and created this recipe just for them. This recipe is treasured and held closely to all family members as this recipe brings back so many memories of her. And did I mention that these cookies are AMAZING? My husband and his family will fight over these cookies and this is not a lie. Every year, Deal's children host the annual Welch Christmas party and my first year in attendance I honestly witnessed these cookies being snatched up and eaten before the main course ever came out. These cookies are made for every special occasion and they are always the highlight of each event. I am honored and grateful to have been handed down the recipe from Brenda Gremillion (Jason's aunt, Deal's youngest daughter). I promise to make these cookies with love and honor to Deal every time I bake them and I look forward to the day that I will be able to hear my husband tell our children and our grandchildren about these special cookies.

This past Saturday my hubby invited all the guys to our house to watch the Auburn game on the "big screen". I surprised him with a fresh batch of Deal cookies to wow the guys with. And were they ever a hit! Jason said at one point they gave up on plates and started eating out of the pan. Not surprising as these cookies are so delicious AND addicting. The recipe is below:

Deal Cookies
1 package yellow cake mix
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
12 oz. bag chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Grease and flour jelly roll pan. Mix first 5 ingredients on medium speed for 3 minutes until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips (and nuts if you like). Pour mixture and spread evenly in pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes. Brush glaze on top of cookies. Cut into squares. No matter how large you choose to cut your cookies this recipe makes plenty. Should you cut 2" squares you will average about 60 cookies.

2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons milk

Mix together until smooth.

This recipes has brought much joy to my husband and his family. I thank Deal for raising such a wonderful family as I am blessed to now call them my own. Deal, you are loved and missed....

P.S. The picture above is of my hubby and Deal many years ago.

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Allison said...

Look at baby Jason!! These look delicious - but I don't think I have a clue what a jelly roll pan is.

Lisa Mayeux Welch said...

Isn't baby Jason so cute??? Alli Lou, I hate that you missed the cookie swap that our bible study group had last year at Christmas because these are the cookies I brought to share. But maybe they can make a return appearance at this year's cookie swap! Have no fear about the jelly roll pan. There is indeed an actual jelly roll pan out there (I purchased mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond for under $10). It looks like a cookie sheet except much sturdier, longer and wider. It is a great piece to add to your bakeware collection!

Diane Welclh said...

Sunshine, This is so sweet of you. Thank you so much for the kind words. Deal was a sweetheart and a wonderful grandmother as well as a great great cook. She enjoyed cooking and bakeing for her family, especially the grandkids. She had them all spoiled. We miss her alot but her cookies live on... You are doing such a wonderful job on your blog. Love it and you.

brian paul said...

So this is what a blog is, its my first time. I can vouch for those cookies. Leen makes them on occaision They are especialy good on a deerstand. Im jaring up my honey this morning, it is a very slow process. I will save you and Jason a couple of jars. Hope you guys or doing well.
brian paul

Dani K said...

I still make these and everyone loves them! So glad that you gave me to recipe!

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