Secret Ingredient Christmas Cookies, Grandma's

Kathie Carr


You would never guess these special cookies are made with cottage cheese. This keeps the cookies moist. They are also full of treats. Grandma used a lot of cottage cheese in her cooking and we sure loved these cookies.

Grandma varied the goodies she adde to these according to what she had and what she could afford but they were always good. Use the goodies your family likes best.

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4 dozen
15 Min
10 Min


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1/2 c
butter, softened
2/3 c
1/2 tsp
baking powder
1/4 tsp
baking soda
1/2 c
cream style small curd cottage cheese
1 large
2 Tbsp
2 tsp
finely grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp
1 1/2 c
all purpose flour


1/2 c
chopped red and green candies cherries
1/2 c
chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
1/2 c
raisins, chopped dates, or chopped dried apricots
1/2 c
chocolate chips or m & m's

How to Make Secret Ingredient Christmas Cookies, Grandma's


  • 1Choose 1 1/2 cups of goodies to use in cookies from ideas listed in ingredients.

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    In large mixer bowl beat butter, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda until well combined. Continue beating and add cottage cheese, egg, milk, lemon peel, and vanilla until combined.
  • 2Beat in as much flour as you can with mixer but when dough begins be too thick for mixer stop and hand mix remaining flour, fruits, and nuts you are using.

    Drop dough by rounded teaspoons full onto ungreased cookie sheets. You may like to press a nut or fruit into the top of each cookie, if you like.
  • 3Bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until tops of cookies spring back when lightly touched. Cool on cookie sheets for about 1 minute and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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About Secret Ingredient Christmas Cookies, Grandma's

Course/Dish: Cookies

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