Gatherings are very important to my family, so we have lots of recipes that are favorites. My grandma introduced these cookies into the family a long time ago. The memory of her and these cookies go together!
My husband's Aunt Laurel always made these cake-like cookies with her own farm-fresh eggs, cream and butter. Now I prepare batches for Christmas each year. We like them because they're not overly sweet.
Traveling to a holiday party or cookie exchange, why not take along a plateful of these soft cutouts? "When these cookies are in the oven, the aroma brings my children running!" says Phyllis Kaiser of Ovid, New York. "They freeze well, so you can make them ahead, and you can cut them into any shape for different occasions."
I was born in Africa and grew up enjoying cardamom. Through the years, I've experimented with this herb in a variety of recipe. I hope you enjoy these old-fashioned sugar cookies.—Mabel Shirk, Fair Play, South Carolina
This recipe has been in the family for four generations. When I got married, Mom made sure to pass this recipe along. For variation, I sometimes eliminate the raisins and sprinkle the tops with colored sugar or leave them plain and frost when cooled.