Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cracked Sugar Cookies

Ancient bridges may crumble, old documents may yellow, and antiques may deteriorate, but this recipe has stood the test of time. I got this recipe from my mom, and she got it from her grandma.

Who needs historic bridges, a document that George Washington signed or a chair that Abraham Lincoln sat on when you have this recipe?


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla or lemon extract (or a little of each) 

  1. Cream sugar, butter, and shortening. Add egg yolks and cream some more. Sift dry ingredients and stir into creamed mixture, then add flavoring.
  2. Roll into uniform balls about the size of a walnut. Roll into granulated sugar.
  3. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for about fifteen minutes. Best of not browned. Makes about three dozen.

Isn't an old recipe a wonderful thing to come across? I like the part where it says "about the size of a walnut". And, I  don't know about you, but I love the thought that somebody else, long ago, made this recipe like I did.

Have fun making these cookies!


I like cookies. If you are on a cookie-recipe-collecting frenzy, you might want to see my other cookie posts:
(3/3/15 UPDATE: You might also like the Cookie Series.

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