The Secret Cookie Recipes Grandma (Almost) Wouldn’t Share (2024)

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The Secret Cookie Recipes Grandma (Almost) Wouldn’t Share (1)Katie BandurskiUpdated: Feb. 02, 2024

    Learn how to bake like grandma with these time-tested secret cookie recipes.


    Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

    My mother insisted that my grandmother write down one recipe for her when Mom got married in 1942: the how to make peanut butter cookies from scratch recipe. That was a real effort because Grandma was a traditional pioneer-type cook who used a little of this or that until it felt right. This treasured recipe is the only one she ever wrote down! —Janet Hall, Clinton, Wisconsin. Next, try this easy-to-make mom’s best cookie recipe.

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    Great-Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies

    This yummy cookie—a favorite of my husband's—goes back to my great-grandmother. At Christmastime, we use colored sugar for a festive touch. —Mary Ann Konechne, Kimball, South Dakota

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    Our Sicilian grandmother often had my sister and me roll out the dough for these tasty torcetti. These cookies are melt-in-your-mouth good without being overly sweet. —Joy Quici, Upland, California

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    Baki's Old-World Cookies

    My uncles have always called these "cupcake cookies" because of the unique, pretty way they're baked. My maternal grandmother mixed many batches. —Marilyn Louise Riggenbach, Ravenna, Ohio

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    Dipped Chocolate Logs

    When my sister and I were little, we used to beg my mother and grandmother to make these buttery chocolate cookies during the holidays. Now, as moms ourselves, we get together every year to make Christmas cookies, and the chocolate logs are always on the top of our list. —Deanna Markkos, Western Springs, Illinois

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    Grandma's Scottish Shortbread

    My Scottish grandmother was renowned for baked goods, and these chunky shortbread bars are an example of why. —Jane Kelly, Wayland, Massachusetts

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    Cardamom Spritz

    As far back as I remember, I have loved cardamom. My grandmother often added the spice to her baked goods. I usually make these cookies with a spritz press—and camel disk—that I found at a thrift shop. It reminds me of a time when I rode a camel in the desert while deployed with the Navy. Of course, any design will do! —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

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    Grandma Krause's Coconut Cookies

    When my two daughters were young, their great-grandma made them coconut cookies with oats. Thankfully, she shared the recipe. —Debra Dorn, Dunnellon, Florida

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    Date Swirl Cookies

    My granddaughter nicknamed my mother Cookie Grandma because she made wonderful cookie—including these crisp and chewy treats. —Donna Grace, Clancy, Montana

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    Strawberry Cookie Cups

    I learned to bake beside my mom and grandmother. When I was on break from college, I knew just how to entertain myself: I made cookies. Sharing this recipe with my mom and grandmother was a proud moment.—Andrea Zulauf, Livonia, New York

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    Blackberry Peekaboo Cookies

    My grandmother bakes this recipe every year for the holidays. She uses homemade blackberry jam that she makes fresh every summer. These cookies are so delicious! —Jacquie Franklin, Hot Springs, Montana

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    My daughter-in-law gave me this recipe. Her grandmother was born in Greece and bakes these cookies for special occasions, including Christmas.—Carol Dale, Greenville, Texas

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    Sea Salt Mint White Mocha Cookies

    This recipe came from my mom's Grandma Alice, who taught her how to bake. Grandma Alice always had a fresh plate of warm cookies on her counter. I learned some of her recipes by heart as a child, and I've been making these since high school. They taste like Christmas.—Kristin Bowers, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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    Crisp Sugar Cookies

    My grandmother always had sugar cookies in her pantry, and we grandchildren would empty that big jar quickly because they were the best! I now regularly bake these wonderful cookies to share with friends. —Evelyn Poteet, Hanco*ck, Maryland

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    This recipe was adapted from one that my Italian-born mother and grandmother followed. They used old irons on a gas stove, but now we have the convenience of electric pizzelle irons. These delectable cookies are still a traditional treat in our family. —Elizabeth Schwartz, Trevorton, Pennsylvania

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    Cookie Jar Gingersnaps

    My grandma kept two cookie jars in her pantry. One of the jars, which I now have, always had these crisp and chewy gingersnaps in it. They're still my favorite cookies. My daughter used this recipe for a 4-H fair and won a blue ribbon. —Deb Handy, Pomona, Kansas

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    Black Walnut Cookies

    Black walnuts, which have a more distinctive flavor than traditional English walnuts, have a short shelf life. It's best to store them in the freezer. —Doug Black, Conover, North Carolina

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    Grandma Brubaker's Orange Cookies

    At least two generations of my family have enjoyed the recipe for these light, delicate orange-flavored cookies. —Sheri DeBolt, Huntington, Indiana

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    This recipe was passed down through my family from Grandma Irene and is a favorite of my dad and cousin Dennis. It's a true cookie lover's cookie: crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and perfectly dunkable. —Lori Rowe, Tigerton, Wisconsin

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    Mexican Chocolate Sugar Crisps

    My grandma loved these so much, she would hide them from my grandpa! I think of her every time I make a batch. Like Mexican spice? Try stirring in a little chili powder. —Michele Lovio, Thousand Oaks, California

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    Frosted Spice Cookies

    This recipe has been handed down through many generations of my husband's family. The cookies were always in his grandmother's cookie jar when he'd visit. Today, he enjoys them more than ever—and so do I. —Debbie Hurlbert, Howard, Ohio

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    Honey-Lime Almond Cookies

    Decades ago my grandmother passed this buttery lime cookie recipe to me. Through years of baking, our cookie memories keep the family connected, although we’re miles apart. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania

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    Grandma's Raspberry Rugelach

    I remember sitting on my great-grandmother's couch with a pad and pen in hand as she told me each ingredient and measurement for her special rugelach. Her recipe stands apart because it's a fun twist from typical versions. —Dalya Rubin, Boca Raton, Florida

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    Coconut Washboards

    This simple yet satisfying coconut cookie recipe has been around for generations. Pressing a fork into the top gives the look of an old-fashioned washboard. —Tommie Sue Shaw, McAlester, Oklahoma

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    Grossmutter's Peppernuts

    Before Christmas, my grandmother would bake peppernuts and store them until the big day. When we came home from school, the whole house would smell like anise and we knew the holiday season was about to begin. —Marilyn Kutzli, Clinton, Iowa

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    Grandma's Polish Cookies

    This traditional khruchiki recipe has been handed down through my mother's side from my great-grandmother. As a child, it was my job to loop the end of each cookie through its hole. —Sherine Elise Gilmour, Brooklyn, New York

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    Italian Rainbow Cookies

    My family has made these classic Italian rainbow cookies for generations, and this homemade version is so much better than the bakery version. They are always a special treat during the holidays or any time of year! —Cindy Casazza, Hopewell, New Jersey

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    Icebox Cookies

    This cookie recipe from my 91-year-old grandmother was my grandfather's favorite. She still makes them and sends us home with the dough so that we can make more whenever we want, I love to make a fresh batch when company drops in. —Chris Paulsen, Glendale, Arizona

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    Grandma's Star Cookies

    My husband's grandma would make these butter cutouts only with a star cookie cutter. I use various shapes for celebrations throughout the year. —Jenny Brown, West Lafayette, Indiana

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    Italian Horn Cookies

    My family has been making these delicate, fruit-filled Italian horn cookies for generations. They’re light and flaky, with the look of an elegant old-world pastry. —Gloria Siddiqui, Houston, Texas

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    Apricot Pinwheel Cookies

    My grandmother always made these cookies for the holidays. The recipe has been passed down through generations to me, and now from me to you. — Robert Logan, Clayton, California

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    Mint Chocolate Wafers

    My grandmother gave me a cookbook stuffed with recipes. This is a slight twist on one of the first—and best—recipes I made from the book. It's best to store these in the refrigerator. —Mary Murphy, Evansville, Indiana

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    Triple Ginger Cookies

    My dad loved ginger cookies. I tinkered with the recipe my grandma handed down by using fresh, ground and crystallized ginger for more pizazz. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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    Sea Salt Mint White Mocha Cookies

    This recipe came from my mom's Grandma Alice, who taught her how to bake. Grandma Alice always had a fresh plate of warm cookies on her counter. I learned some of her recipes by heart as a child, and I've been making these since high school. They taste like Christmas.—Kristin Bowers, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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    Italian Sprinkle Cookies

    Of all the Italian cookie recipes I make, this is my favorite. These sprinkle cookies take some time, but, believe me, they are well worth it! My husband and I used to operate an Italian American restaurant, and this recipe goes back generations. —Gloria Cracchiolo, Newburgh, New York

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    Spiced Oatmeal Cookies

    I'm the fourth generation of cooks in my family to bake these cookies. When my grandmother sent me a batch for my birthday one year, I asked her for the recipe. That's when I learned it was originally my great-grandmother's recipe. It's one that I will definitely make sure gets passed on! —Loretta Pakulski, Indian River, Michigan

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    Grandma's Sugar Cookies

    We bake these cookies for holidays and other special occasions. The recipe is one of my great-grandmother's that I received years ago from one of my great-aunts. —Kristy Deloach, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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    Iced Orange Cookies

    I usually make these bite-size orange cookies at Christmastime, when Florida citrus is plentiful, but they're delicious any time of year. Every time I sniff their wonderful aroma, I remember my grandmother, who shared the recipe. —Lori DiPietro, New Port Richey, Florida

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    Originally Published: November 21, 2022

    The Secret Cookie Recipes Grandma (Almost) Wouldn’t Share (39)

    Katie Bandurski

    As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments.When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.

    The Secret Cookie Recipes Grandma (Almost) Wouldn’t Share (2024)


    What brand are grandma cookies? ›

    GRANDMA'S® Chocolate Chip Cookies | FritoLay.

    Does Costco have Grandma's cookies? ›

    Grandma's Cookies, Variety Pack, 2.5 oz, 33-count | Costco.

    Who owns Grandma's Cookies? ›

    Nancy's niece, Theresa Rubio, took over the business several years later and reopened Grandma's Cookies in 2010 in the original location that Grandma Thompson had her business for 24 years. Customers today continue to enjoy the same recipes and hand-made treats that began decades ago..

    Is SpongeBob mom and dad a cookie? ›

    They're both sponges... but they look like what a sea sponge actually looks like. Never befriend a man in sandals and always measure twice, cut once. His parents look like sea sponges, and he looks like a kitchen sponge.

    What are the 7 types of grandmas in cookie clicker? ›

    Grandma Types
    NameUnlock conditionBase price
    Cosmic grandmas15 shipments and 1 grandma owned255 billion
    Transmuted grandmas15 alchemy labs and 1 grandma owned3.75 trillion
    Altered grandmas15 portals and 1 grandma owned50 trillion
    Grandmas' grandmas15 time machines and 1 grandma owned700 trillion
    14 more rows

    What grandma cookie is on recall? ›

    Frito-Lay has issued a US-wide voluntary recall on two lines of its Grandma's cookie range due to undeclared milk and egg content. The snack titan has recalled its Grandma's Peanut Butter Sandwich Crème and Grandma's Peanut Butter Mini Sandwich Crème lines.

    How long has Grandma cookies been out? ›

    “She realized she was making more money making cookies than she was selling her dresses,” Grandma's Cookies' current owner and relative of Thompson, Theresa Rubio said. This realization led Thompson to open her bakery, Grandma's Cookies, in 1976 which put an end to making dresses for good.

    When did Grandma cookies come out? ›

    Following the successful test marketing in Kansas City, Missouri, Frit-Lay began distributing GrandMa's Cookies nationally in 1983. GrandMa's Cookies are made in a variety of flavors.

    Is Grandma cookies Indica or Sativa? ›

    aka Grandma Cookies

    Bred by Humboldt's Redwood Roots Family, Grandma Anderson's Cookies was created by crossing an unknown Kush with GSC. This indica-dominant hybrid smells like fresh cookies with sweet citrus undertones, while the flavor offers a smooth, earthy sweetness with sharp chocolate notes.

    What are the ingredients in grandma cookies? ›


    What brand are Costco cookies? ›

    The Kirkland Signature Double Chocolate Chunk Cookie costs $2.49 and has 750 calories (yeesh!). While some social media users are lamenting the disappearance of the Costco churro from menus at the start of 2024, others seem to be excited about the big-box store's buttery new treat.

    What is the story behind Grandma's cookies? ›

    Grandma is Rubio's cousin grandma. Grandma was running a dress shop on Main Street and to keep her children busy and entertained she would make them give away cookies at the window for free. One day she realized that the cookies were selling better than the dresses.

    When did Frito-Lay buy Grandma's cookies? ›

    Frito-Lay acquired GrandMa's Cookies in 1980, originally founded by Foster Wheeler in Portland, Oregon in 1914, which launched nationwide in the United States in 1983.

    Who makes Mariah Carey's cookies? ›

    About Mariah's Cookies

    Legendary musical icon, Mariah Carey and Virtual Dining Concepts have partnered to create a line of cookies with flavors that range from holiday treats to classic favorites.

    What are SpongeBob's parents cookies? ›

    I used to think his parents were cookies but they are actually worn out sponges , thats probably why they round cause they old and spongebob is a new sponge explaining the difference of the shapes.

    What is SpongeBob grandma a cookie or sponge? ›

    She is a dark orange sponge who wears a light green and pink dress and light blue glasses and has light purple hair and pink lips. She enjoys making gingerbread men, chocolate chip cookies, and homemade sweaters with metaphorical love in every stitch.

    What do grandmas cookies do in SpongeBob game? ›

    Grandma's Cookie: Cookies can be given to the customer with the lowest patience in order to refill their Patience bar. Bubble Blower: All customers that are waiting for their orders to be served are entertained and distracted by bubbles, refilling each customer's Patience bar for the duration of the bubble show.

    How do you use grandma in cookie clicker? ›

    You can trigger the Grandmapocalypse by purchasing the "One Mind" upgrade from the Research Facility. If you don't have a Research facility yet you can unlock it by having the "elder achievement" (have at least 7 different grandmas).


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