Grandmother Patten's Vanilla Cookies

Grandmother Patten's Vanilla Cookies

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Carol Junkins


This recipe, over 100 years old, originated and has been handed down in the Patten family, Claremont, New Hampshire, who have lived in the homestead over a century. The granddaughter, aging too, still lives there. This recipe has stood the test of time.
Mrs. Elizabeth L. Upton, Mablehead, Mass.


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One batch
15 Min
10 Min


  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 2
    egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    sour cream
  • 3 3/4 c
    sifted flour
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp

How to Make Grandmother Patten's Vanilla Cookies


  1. Heat oven to to 375 degrees for moderate oven.
    Butter cookie sheets.
  2. Cream sugar and shortening, add vanilla and egg yolks, beat well. Add sour cream and milk .
    Sift flour with salt and soda and stir into mixture.
    Dough will be stiff.
  3. Roll out paper thin. It is much easier to roll the dough if it is chilled two or three hours in the refrigerator.
    Sprinkle with sugar if desired, then cut.
  4. Bake on buttered cookie sheet in moderate oven 375 degrees about 10 minutes.

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About Grandmother Patten's Vanilla Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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