Cocoa Drop Cookies

"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!!"
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Ready In:
24 cookies




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

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  1. 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!
  2. I also grew up with my mom making these cookies every holiday. She got it from the Betty Crocker cookbook which she still has although it's seen it better days. I always include these cookies in my holiday baking. My mom uses brown butter icing and walnuts. They are a great cookie and we will continue to make them for years to come.
  3. I grew up with this recipe handed down in family by hand. Blown away to see it anywhere but our family; never even seen in Betty Crocker as was previously mentioned!!! However, we add raisins & some in family add chopped nuts as well. The raisins really add a moistness to them, even with our dipping them in a glass of milk. They generally baked in 8 minutes, & froze well. Xmas is not the same without baking these; always a fave in gift giving treats.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


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