Nabisco "Saltine" crackers

Nabisco "Saltine" Crackers

Linda Ott and I became friends in second grade in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I don’t remember what we did when she came to my house, but I remember what we did when I went to her house.

She taught me how to make Saltine Crackers, frosted with Powdered Sugar Icing.

I had never learned how to make treats for guests. This was a new delight!

There was no cooking involved, so, though her mother was nearby in the kitchen, we did it all by ourselves. We could read, by then, but she knew the recipe by heart and taught it to me. I felt so grown-up!

Here is the recipe we used:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon softened butter


Food coloring (optional)

1. In a bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla and butter.

2. Add milk, one teaspoon at a time until spreading consistency.

3. Add food coloring, if desired.

4. Frost saltine crackers.

The above instructions are a variation of the Powdered Sugar Icing recipe from the web site

If I were making them with my grandchildren, I would probably add sprinkles. I just happen to have dinosaur sprinkles in my cupboard right now.

My granddaughter generally asks to have a tea party when she visits. This would be a delightful addition.

Try this the next time your grandchildren visit.

Saltine crackers and powdered sugar icing.

Simple enough for a second-grader to learn how to be a good host or hostess.

Do you have any memories with saltine crackers?

To teaching your delightful grandchildren the good manners of hosting.

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Carol Covin, “Granny-Guru”

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers”