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Grandmother’s Butter Crispies

Posted in Food, Recipes by Laura on December 5, 2008

This week, my dad received some frightening news: the recipe for one of his favorite cookies, Butter Crispies, had disappeared from his mother’s collection. He forwarded the cry for help to me, and I dutifully dug up a copy I had made a couple Christmases ago in hopes of baking these one day. I still haven’t made them, but I’m posting the recipe so that, short of some great Internet Disaster, we will never be wanting for this recipe again.

Image by Laura

These cookies are delicious. Kissed with a light dusting of cinnamon-spiced nuts and dotted with a bright red cherry, they’ll be the most festive holiday cookie at your cookie exchange. They use egg yolks only, making them a great companion to angel food cake or other egg-white-heavy recipes.


Grandmother’s Butter Crispies


  • 1½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks, unbeaten
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon mixed with at least ¾ cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • candied cherries

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.

3. With electric mixer at “cream,” thoroughly mix butter with vanilla, sugar, and eggs until very light and fluffy.

4. At low speed, or “blend,” beat in flour mixture just until mixed. Form dough into 1-inch balls, then roll in combined cinnamon and pecans.

5. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, flatten with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Place cherry in center of each. Bake until done.

Yields 5 dozen

2 Responses

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  1. Sherry said, on December 6, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    They sure look great!

  2. Kimmie said, on December 7, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Oh, those look yummy. thanks for sharing your recipe…hope your Grandma won’t be mad 😉

    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

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