Good Old Fashioned Cookie Recipes

Here are a couple of great cookie recipes from my vintage recipe collection. The first is for an ethnic cookie--Swedish Heirloom Cookies. These cookies are not only tasty but would be great as holiday cookies as they can be decorated to suit the occasion. The other is a Banana Oatmeal Cookie that is a healthy alternative to the usual cookies containing candy bits and chips. Get out the baking sheets and bake up a batch today. You'll be glad you did! Yummy!


I could not find a date on the old cookbook from where I first got this recipe. It did have a price of 15 cents factory printed on the front cover so it is obviously very old.

Bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes.

Cream......1 cup butter. Gradually add 1 cup unsifted confectioners' sugar and 1/2 tsp salt, creaming well.

Add........1 1/4 cups almonds, ground, and 1 tablespoon vanilla.

Blend in...2 cups sifted all-purpose flour* gradually, mix thoroughly.

Shape......dough into balls or crescents, using a rounded teaspoonful for each cookie.
Place on ungreased baking sheets. If desired,sprinkle with colored candies. 325 degree oven 15 to 18 minutes. Cookies will not be brown when done.

*If you are using self-rising flour (sold in parts of the south), omit the salt.
If you did not decorate the cookies, you may roll them in confectioners' sugar while they are warm.
Makes about 4 1/2 dozen.


Go back to this old-fashioned recipe for a cookie to make for the kids. It is tasty, nutrious, and much better for your family than chocolate chips and/or candy bits.

3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup oats, dry
2 large ripe bananas, coarsely mashed
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and both sugars. Add egg and beat until fluffy. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and spices; add to butter mixture and mix well. Stir in oats, vanilla, and banana. Drop by tablespoon two inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden in color. Cool on a wire rack.

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