Mrs. Carlson's Everyday Cookies

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

This recipe comes from a wonderful lady who lived down the street from me when I was growing up. She went to our church so I often saw her. My family lived on a cul-de-sac and I remember my sisters and I traveling down to visit her. Her children were long since grown and I think she appreciated the visits as much as we kids did. She would feed us these cookies and fortunately she passed the recipe to my mother. It's been more than twenty years since we lived on that street. However, we still see Ms. Carlson at church. She was there to see my older sister married and the baptism of our family's first grandchild. She is now in her late 80's and I fear time is short. Yet I hope that perhaps a new generation will appreciate the cookies she set out with care for her special guests, the three sisters from up the road. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did/do.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Chill dough for 1 hour.
  3. Roll dough into a ball (desired size of cookie).
  4. Flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in granulated sugar.
  5. Sprinkle cookies with desired color of sugar depending on season.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.


Most Helpful

I was thrilled to find this recipe. I enjoyed the story shared by Leilani because coincidently I came across this recipe in the mid 70s from a lovely lady who lived down the street from me when we lived in EauClaire Wis. I can't remember her name but she had a young son and had been diagnosed with breast cancer about the time we moved. I had lost the recipe over the years, Googled it by the name..'Everyday Cookies'..and Voila! Thank you Leilani.

carolbiz February 04, 2011

All I can say is bless Mrs. Carlson's heart. She sounds like a wonderful lady in addition to being a great baker. These cookies are phenominal~just what you'd expect from an 'older' recipe. These texture is chewy/crunchy and full of flavor. Please try these cookies, you won't be disappointed. Thank you leilani for such a nice tribute to your "wonderful lady who lived down the street."

Margo Mae July 01, 2007

I made these cookies thinking that my husband loves all things chocolate and so I added a cup of cocoa.....bad idea! I think they would've turned out much better had I either left it out or put much less in there because they were terribly crumbly and broke apart easily after I cooked them. Next time I will do without the chocolate! Thanks for sharing, I can tell they would be great if I would've left them alone!

Chef Chele #2 October 18, 2006

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