Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 8 mins

My mom made these when I was a kid and we all loved them. They're good plain, or with a simple powdered sugar icing on top. They are really great with a cold glass of milk!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix shortening, sugar and egg.
  2. Stir in the buttermilk and vanilla.
  3. Sift together dry ingredients and stir into buttermilk mixture.
  4. Chill at least 1 hour.
  5. Drop by rounded teaspoons on lightly greased cookie sheet; about 2" apart.
  6. Bake at 400° just until almost no imprint remains when lightly touched.


Most Helpful

I have the Betty Crocker's cooky book from 1963 and was looking at this recipe. I was undecided if I should make it. Searched for it here and saw the good reviews and decided to give it a whirl. I am so glad I did! These are great cookies! I used the butter flavored Crisco sticks. Subbed about 3 TBS of butter and I only had 1/2 c of white sugar so I added 1/2 c of brown. Not sure how different this made the flavor, but they were great!<br/>I frosted them with a mocha buttercream frosting and chopped pecans. Thanks for posting!

gingerly88 December 12, 2013

These were great cookies. I raised the amount of cookies to 36 and got 42 when done. Used a Pampered Chef 18/8 scoop. Didn't need any adjustments since I cook at a high altitude. Baking time was 11 minutes. This recipe is a keeper.

Kwaj67 February 26, 2012

These are even better the day after you bake them. They really are like a brownie! I topped each one with a peppermint Hershey's Hug to make it festive. These were a resounding hit and I'll be making them again. I needed to bake them for 11 minutes.

Sierra Silver December 11, 2007

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a