"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

Martha help us! Persimmon cookies to die for

by Julie Tilsner on September 16, 2008

in Sugar and Spite

Audge can be one stubborn dame. With her persimmon tree heavy with fruit, stooped like an octogenarian, I asked her this morning for the recipe for her show-stopping, locally-legendary persimmon cookies.

She shook her head, a gleam in her eye. No.

I blink. "I can't have it?"


"But I'm gonna blog about it. And a whole 100 or so people will read your recipe and rejoice."

"Nope. I'm not giving it out to anyone anymore. Not until Martha Stewart puts me on her show. Then I'll tell the world."

Well that put the kaibosh on my blog post. But what could I say? The cookies are indeed THAT worthy. They are. I've had them. Chewy and cakey at the same time, not too sweet, but with a pleasant fruity under-taste, they're almost the best thing about the crazy back-to-school season.

I wouldn't divulge a commodity like that for free either.

There is some blending of ingredients, some secret alchemy, that Audge infuses these delights with. She's always been a force in the kitchen, but with these persimmon cookies, she approaches art. No wonder she's not talking.

Many bakers, far more talented than I, have tried to recreate them. All have failed.

We're just gonna have to wait for Martha to come calling. Martha?! Are you out there?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Seraphine September 18, 2008 at 1:31 pm

i am always impressed with people, especially women, that can say no. it takes a great deal of confidence to say that.


Joan Roper November 6, 2015 at 9:26 am

I have a lot of persimmons and would like to make cookies


Elle October 20, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Well did you ever get the recipe for persimmon cookies I desperately I’m trying to find one that I had about 35 to 37 years ago I was a college student and one of my classmates was an old lady who is very lonely and she would invite me over and cook for me as we did her homework and her persimmon cookie was so delicious it was moist and like Cake very spongy and I’m sure she’s passed on now since I’m in my mid-50s so I would love to find that recipe her name is Sophia )RIP)


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