2019 Cooky Bake at the ‘Patch’

Northern MI - My three sisters and I started this annual tradition 22 years ago after my oldest sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. (She's still with us! (Just not at this year's bake.)
Not everyone in my family made it to our house this year, most years it's held downstate, closer to the rest of them. Everyone makes their special recipes and what a mess! But it's a blast.

Of course, we all share “take-homes.”

We have chocolate caramel pretzels, spritzers (in the photo, mine, my mom's recipe), Russian tea cakes, Hershey kiss cookies, confetti cookies, pumpkin cookies, iced gingerbread cookies, a marshmallow cornflake thingy (!), a chocolate oat no-bake cookie, biscotti, and I fry up (one at a time), a special Belgian recipe of pizzellas. (Maybe you saw my video the other day?)

Natalie Bicego (Warren), Claire Brehler (New Baltimore), and Sofia Bicego (Warren). Standing behind the table is Mariel Krupansky (Harper Woods). All are my nieces. Standing next to Sofia is Laurel Brehler (my sister-in-law from Defiance, OH, and mother of Mariel), and my hubby, Andy Andersen. Not in the picture is Anne Bicego (Warren), my niece Elaina Bicego (Macomb), and her boyfriend, Carter Hines (Rochester).

Photo by Patti Brehler


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