Grandma's Butter Cookies

Grandma's Butter Cookies

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Bonnie Beck


It's a long good family tradition.
The recipe is well over 100 years old.

I can't remember a Christmas or a Hanukkah without my Grandmother or my Mom making these butter rich cookies. Fact is there hasn't been one Christmas I haven't made them.

There are 3 ways of making them. Each unique in flavor.

Sometimes I will drip one end in Bitter Sweet melted Chocolate.


★★★★★ 2 votes

make about 80 cookies
30 Min
15 Min


  • 1/2 lb
    butter, room temp.
  • 1 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed (it doesn't matter if it's light or dark)
  • 2 c
    flour, unsifted
  • ·
    walnuts, pecans, candied cherries red and green
  • ·
    powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

How to Make Grandma's Butter Cookies


  1. Three ways of making these.
    Use 1 cup brown sugar,light or dark doesn't matter.
    Use 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cane sugar
    1 cup cane sugar.
  2. Mix the sugar and butter together, add the flour and mix all till well incorporated.
  3. Have cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

    Take a walnut sized bit of dough and roll it into a ball. Place on cookie sheet and continue till all dough is used up.

    Place a halved walnut or halved pecan on top of ball and lightly press it in. Do the same with the candied cherries..I like using one red cherry and cutting the green ones into 4 piece and then decorating the red cherried one with the green piece to make it look like leaves.
  4. Or you can chopped a little of walnuts or pecans and add that to the dough, then decorate with the cherries.
  5. It should make about 80 balls.

    Bake at 350* for about 13-15 minutes until bottoms and sides are little brown. Cool a little on the cookie sheets.

    Lift off and set of brown paper bags that have been cut open. Cool.
  6. I have made the dough and set in the refrig when I am busy to finish later. Just remember to wrap the dough if you do this.

    You can serve them plain or with a little dusting of powered sugar or dip them in chocolate and then refrig. I love dark chocolate, but it's your choice.

    These keep along time in tins..I remember my Mom sending these cookies to my brothers when they were in the serves along with lots of other cookies and goodies. She'd make hundreds of cookies so my brothers could share with the rest of the guys.
    The packages were always large and heavy and my brothers were always thrilled to have a taste of home.

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About Grandma's Butter Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
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