Promised Recipes

Ruth’s Vanilla Christmas Cookies (thanks to Margaret Nordberg for sharing)

3/4 c. butter
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 T. vanilla
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
3 c. flour

In large mixing bowl cream butter and brown sugar. Blend in egg and vanilla.
In medium mixing bowl sift flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add to creamed mixture in large bowl, mixing thoroughly.

Roll out on floured surface. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes on ungreased cookie sheets.

2 c. confectioner sugar
1 t. vanilla
enough milk to make a fairly thin glaze

*When I made this recipe I doubled the dough and used one glaze recipe tinted pink. I painted the glaze on with a paint brush. It was fun!

Chocolate Chipper Tramps (thanks to Norva Jean Blackstone)

3/4 c. butter
1 1/3 c. brown sugar
2 eggs.
1 t. vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 c. M&Ms (red, pink, and white for this holiday!)
1/2 c. nuts (optional)

In medium bowl, mix flour, soda, and salt. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar in large mixing bowl. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture. Add candies and nuts.

Drop by small tablespoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Yummy!


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  1. Thanks for the recipes. We made a double batch last evening and, while most were packaged up for a bake sale, the ones we snacked on were yummy. I think another double batch may be in our future.

    Posted by sam | February 11, 2009, 4:44 am
  2. I am thinking of using the first recipe for Valentine cookies. How thick should I roll the dough? And it doesn’t say, but I am assuming they are cut-outs?

    Posted by sarah o. | February 12, 2009, 6:00 am
  3. @ Sarah –
    Roll the dough out to a generous 1/4″. I like my cookies chewy not crispy. If you want crisper, make it a slighted 1/4″!

    Cut outs for sure! Easy dough to work with, too!

    Posted by Darlene | February 12, 2009, 6:34 am
  4. I make your Sugar cookies all the time now, they are the best I have found, I have tried many! I think the Vanilla cookies are just like those…right, if not the same.

    Posted by Andrea J. | February 12, 2009, 7:53 am
  5. I am currently eating a vanilla cookie for breakfast! I made them last night for early valentines day and just had to eat one this morning. They are hands down my fav cookie ever. thanks for sharing!

    Posted by Melissa Lange | January 28, 2011, 5:28 am