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Grandpa's Cookies Recipe

Grandpa's Cookies Recipe

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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 cookies equals 167 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Grandpa's Cookies

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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!"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2007

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

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