Grandpa's Cookies Recipe
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Grandpa's Cookies Recipe

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My grandpa, a widower, raised his three sons on his own and did all the cooking and lots of baking. I can still picture him making these tasty cookies. —Karen Baker, Dover, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 167 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In several large bowls, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, water and vanilla. Combine the remaining ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape into three rolls; wrap with plastic wrap. Chill 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Cut rolls into 1/4-in. slices; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 10 dozen.
Originally published as Grandpa's Cookies in Taste of Home April/May 1997, p64

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schreiber User ID: 1569307 39224
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"There is nothing more classic, or humble than this recipe! I remember my Grandmother wrapping and putting rolls of this dough in the freezer. We always mixed dough in quantity, on the farm. This cookie is soft, chewy and keeps well!"

sweetlover User ID: 1727229 13721
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2007

"These cookied are really delicious. They bake up soft and chewy."

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