after going through almost 20 recipes, my sister recieved an email from the old lady who made the original recipe.
turned out she added raisins and grated nutmeg instead of nutmeg powder. it made a whole lot of difference. she doesn’t use vanilla extract AND she used brown sugar instead of white sugar.
its baking now in the oven, I’m liking what I’m seeing. I will be posting the pictures in about an hour.
Here it is: