Famous Chicago public high school butter cookies

Lillian Stryczek Recipe

By Lillian Stryczek Stryczek1

36 cookies
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This is the actual recipe used in the Chicago public schools in the 60's and 70's.(Senn high school ). This recipe was also published in a Chicago newspaper as one of the favorites. The cookie has a wonderful butter flavor and very delicate texture.It will take you back, Enjoy!


2 c
unsalted butter
1 1/2 c
1/4 tsp
3 1/2 c
all purpose flour
2 tsp
vanilla extract

Directions Step-By-Step

Cream butter with mixer untill light and fuffy.
Add sugar and salt and beat until no longer grainy.
Gradually add flour a little at a time, beating at low speed untill dough forms.
Mix in vanilla.
Form dough into balls, one heaping tablespoon = 1 ball.
Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet spaced widely- about 9 per sheet.
Put 1/4 cup of sugar on saucer. Press first 3 fingers into sugar, then press down on ball to flatten to a 3 inch circle wide and 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 12-15 minutes, until faintly browned around the egdes.
Gently remove cookies from sheet with a spatula, cool completely on wire racks.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Collection: Back to School

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Dianna W jazii64
Feb 19, 2015
I have a question, do I use plain flour or self rising flour for this cookie recipe ?
Di Willis Mz_Di
Sep 10, 2014
I had the same problem with the cookie spreading. But the trick to it is to firmly pack your flour when measuring to assure correct amount. No more spreading out or too thin, and my cookies were perfect like when i was in grade school! Didn't even press my three fingers in sugar. (more buttery flavor than sugary for me) Hope that helps.
Jennifer Russell jenny1marie
Sep 5, 2014
I have been eating these cookies since I was in 3rd grade early 80's loved them then and the kids love them now. Great treat
Jennifer Sanchez Jennifer_Sanchez
Aug 25, 2014
Okay, I had the same issue with the cookie dough getting dry and looking more like pie crust. I fixed this by adding about 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil. They came out perfect!
Kaci Howard Mommie2myboys
Jun 25, 2014
My family loved these easy to make cookies. My kids' friends loved these and left very few. These were a play date hit.