Sophie's Butter Cookies

"My Grandmother owned/operated a bakery in Philadelphia, this recipe is hers and is over 50 years old. A Beautiful delicate butter cookie, not too sweet with just a hint of lemon and mace. My family loves these cookies, hope yours likes them to.You can halve the batch, it makes alot"
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Ready In:
1hr 50mins
100 cookies


  • 1 lb butter (room temp)
  • 1 lb Crisco
  • 1 lb sugar (2.33 Cups)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon rind (or 15 drops of lemon juice)
  • 1 pinch mace
  • 3 lbs flour (and a little for rolling out dough)
  • cinnamon-sugar mixture


  • Cream the butter, Crisco and sugar together.
  • Then add eggs, vanilla, lemon and the pinch of mace.only a pinch!
  • Gradually add 3lbs of flour.
  • When dough is getting less wet and forms a ball, begin to knead flour in with your hands. You must stop adding flour once it doesn't stick to your hands.
  • Put dough in bowl and refrigerate overnight, will keep for a week in fridge or you can freeze for two months.
  • Roll out dough a little at a time on a lightly floured surface and cut with your favorite cookie cutters. Take a metal spatula and quickly slide it under the cookies to pick them up.
  • Dip one side of cookie in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place with c/s side facing up on a greased cookie sheet, we then sprinkle with crystals.
  • Bake for 10-13 in a preheated 375° oven. They should be lightly brown around edges. Cool on racks and grab a glass of milk, mmmmm.
  • I usually can fill about four medium sized cookie tins. Yield is approximate.

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  1. Excellent! There's nothing quite like those 'grandma recipes' especially when it is a recipe from a grandma that owned a bakery! My only mistake is just making half a recipe! I did weigh the sugar and the flour, also found a simple sprinkling of sugar was the favorite here. As suggested in answer to my inquiry ...I just used a pinch of that mace which worked well for our tastes. I loved the lemon zest but did add a teaspoon of lemon juice as well. I will definitely be making this one again! Thank you Barb for sharing your grandmother's recipe.


I live in northern pa, farm country. I am retired from nj and miss all the good food from there. I was so excited to find this site, it's the best!! I love to cook for my family.
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