Grandma's "Just Cookies" Cookie Recipe: A Vintage Cookie Recipe From Grandmas Who Don't Play by Donna John

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a year ago

Grandma's "Just Cookies" Cookie Recipe: A Vintage Cookie Recipe From Grandmas Who Don't Play

Seems like so many recipes are being revamped, revised and revisited lately to make them quirkier, fancier or more interesting. And while some of those recipes went viral, some things are best left alone, just ask your grandma

This vintage recipe is called Just Cookies because that is exactly what it is – just cookies. Nothing fancy here, just four simple ingredients mixed up and baked. And we guarantee no one will complain after the first bite.

OK, if you wanted to get fancy with this old-fashioned vanilla cookie recipe, you could stir in some chocolate chips, nuts, flaked coconut or crushed up candy bars, or sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar or powdered sugar. (Shh! We won't tell grandma.) Be sure that your butter is softened to room temperature before beating it with the sugar and vanilla. Store these vintage cookies in an airtight container on the counter, if they don't get eaten right off the cookie sheet first.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 to 14 minutes
Total Time: 17 to 19 minutes
Servings: Makes about 2 dozen


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour

Here's how to make it:

  1. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla. 
  2. Stir in the flour. 
  3. Form into balls and put them onto a cookie sheet. 
  4. Bake in a preheated 325-degree F oven for about 12 to 14 minutes or until just set. Remove and cool. 

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Cookie Sheets $8 & Up
Vanilla Extract $4 & Up
Flour $2 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
Just four ingredients? I'm in! Grandma recipes are the absolute best.
Such a simple and timeless recipe. Really yummy.
Love all those grandmas who don’t play, haha!

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