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Holiday Cookies Like Grandma Made


The holiday season brings out a hunger for things from our childhood memories. The sights and sounds of the season bring delight and joy to our hearts. But our sense of smell is just as powerful in bringing back memories of seasons that have gone before.

Who can forget the wonder of the rich, inviting smell of homemade holiday cookies? Our mouth would water when we walked in the door. That’s a memory worth sharing with the younger generations.

Here are some recipes to share with your family this season. You can find these and more down-home goodies in the ‘Desserts’ and ‘Tasty Traditions’ sections of ‘What’s Cookin’ at First Security Cookbook.’


Prep Time: 1 ½ hours (Including chill time of 1 hour.)
Servings: 2-3 dozen cookies


  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Granulated sugar for dipping tops of cookies

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1. In a large bowl, cream shortening, brown sugar, eggs, and molasses.
2. Stir in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.
3. Cover and chill for one hour or overnight.
4. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
5. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls.

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6. Flatten slightly with a glass dipped in granulated sugar.
7. Place balls, sugared side up, 3 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet.
8. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until just set. Do not overbake or cookies will be hard instead of chewy.
9. Remove from baking sheet immediately.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories: 110
Calories from Fat: 50
Carbohydrates: 14.1 grams
Protein: 1.4 grams
Sodium: 111milligrams


Prep Time: 1 ½ to 2 hours
Servings: 3 – 4 dozen cookies

½ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3 ½ cup sifted self-rising flour
½ cup milk
½ teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar.
3. Add egg and beat well.
4. Add flour, milk, and vanilla. Mix well.
5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness.
6. Cut with a cookie cutter.
7. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
8. On lightly greased cookie sheet, bake for about 15 minutes.
Note: If dough becomes hard to work, chill for 20 to 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories: 84
Calories from Fat: 26
Carbohydrates: 13.5 grams
Protein: 1.4 grams
Sodium: 3 milligrams


Prep Time: 45 minutes to an hour
Servings: 4-5 dozen cookies

1 cup sugar
2 cups molasses
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup sour milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
6 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar, molasses, shortening, and eggs.
3. Stir in milk and vanilla.
4. Add flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon and stir until well blended.
5. Drop by tablespoons on greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Calories: 145
Calories from Fat: 40
Carbohydrates: 24.6 grams
Protein: 1.9 grams
Sodium: 128 milligrams

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A great Christmas Gift Idea!
Employees and customers of First Security Bank have contributed their favorite recipes to What’s Cookin’ at First Security, a cookbook that benefits Arkansas Foodbank. They are available at any First Security Bank location for $20.

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Arkansas Women Blogger member Mary Wood is a lifetime lover of words. She hails from the suburbs of Nimrod, Arkansas where she is co-owner and number one stacker of wood in her family's sawmill. She loves playing in the dirt and raising a zoo-load of animals on their family farm. Her passions include living life with her husband Steve, son Caleb and all-grown-up daughters Rebecca and Rachel and son-in-law Matt. Homeschooling, writing women's Bible studies, and renovating their home fill up the remainder of her time.

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