Grandmother Patten's Vanilla Cookies

Grandmother Patten's Vanilla Cookies Recipe

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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
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1 1/2 c
1/2 c
1 tsp
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


  • 1Heat oven to to 375 degrees for moderate oven.
    Butter cookie sheets.
  • 2Cream 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.
  • 3Roll 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.
  • 4Bake 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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