Great Great Grandma's Pioneer Trail - SALT COOKIES

Colleen Sowa


The pioneers would make these cookies to take on the trail with them, it was a tasty way to keep salt in their bodies.

This recipe has had updates like: wax paper and refrigerate... but my grandmother told me that they use to form the dough into balls and press them flat with a glass.

This cookie is so good... but if you are watching your salt... it is not a cookie for you unless you lower the salt.

I don't use shortening in the cookie... I use margarine.

I make this cookie every year for Christmas to honor my pioneer family and to teach my children and grandchildren about our ancestors... and the importance of foods in our history.

★★★★★ 2 votes
12 Hr 15 Min
45 Min


3 c
1 tsp
baking soda
1 Tbsp
1 c
2 large
1 Tbsp
vanilla extract
1 c
walnuts or pecans (chopped small)

How to Make Great Great Grandma's Pioneer Trail - SALT COOKIES


  • 1Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside
  • 2Cream together the shortening, eggs and vanilla.
  • 3Slowly add the flour mixture to the shortening mixture, in small amounts at a time. Add nuts.
  • 4Form the dough into an oval shaped log. Wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate over night.
  • 5Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 6Remove dough log from refrigerator and remove wax paper.

    Slice very thin. Place slices on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10 -15 minutes.

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About Great Great Grandma's Pioneer Trail - SALT COOKIES

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