Grandma Rose’s Butter Cookies

December 8, 2010

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An old favorite - Grandma Rose's Butter Cookies | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comThese cookies I hold near and dear to my being.  When I was with my grandma, I could simply be me.  I could be my sweet self, I could be my bratty self, I could be my intuitive self, and I could be my quiet self. We had a special relationship.  I was the youngest of 7 grandchildren and my childhood was riddled with illness.  I was ALWAYS sick.  I was hospitalized with collapsed lungs at the age of 12 and after 20 days, I was released.  It was the beginning of summer and that summer, I mostly spent in the house, in bed.  I went into the hospital weighing 77 pounds and came out 25 pounds lighter.

My grandma came over every day and made sure I ate.  She made me all of my favorite foods; her pasta, chicken and dumplings, matzoh brie (a matzoh version of french toast), egg noodles with cottage cheese + salt (I know, it sounds gross-but it is really good), and so much more. These cookies were in our cookie jar everyday and these cookies make me happy.

Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah.  As I light the menorah tonight, I will light the candles in honor of my grandma, whom I think about all the time.  She gave me a gift, the gift of unconditional love.

Grandma Rose’s Cookies

1/2 lb. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups unbleached flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder

• preheat oven to 350*.  line a baking pan with parchment.
• cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an standing mixer.
• add the egg and the vanilla
• whisk the flour and the baking powder.  then add it, slowly, to the mixing bowl.
• mix until just comes together.
• fill cookie press with enough cookie dough, yet leave 1/2 inch at the top.
• press cookies onto parchment lined baking sheet.  add M&M to the center.
• bake for 15-17 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
• let cool on racks.
• these last, in an airtight container, for 5 days.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa! December 8, 2010 at 6:38 am

Oh wow. What a lovely post. That makes the box of Grandma Rose’s cookies you brought me even more special. They are the real thing.


2 Cynthia December 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

I often wonder what my relationship with my grand parents would have been like… both sets of my grand parents passed early.

The cookies look delightful and that is such a calming shade of blue.


3 admin December 8, 2010 at 8:47 am

thank you so much. i cannot tell you how hard it was to find this color candy like m + m. i wish it was available in abundance as the other seasonal m+m’s. regardless, I was happy with my find and these cookies are just as good with any color center!


4 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels December 8, 2010 at 8:59 am

What a sweet post about your grandma, she sounds like she was a lovely lady. 🙂 Your cookies look absolutely delicious and so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your grandma’s recipe.


5 Susan December 8, 2010 at 7:15 pm

thanks, Lindsey! Happy Holidays!


6 Rosa December 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

So cute and delicious! I love that kind of simple cookie.




7 Kelly December 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I forwarded this to my mom–I have tears reading this–how sweet. As someone who has been lucky enough to have these cookies I agree that they make you happy!


8 Susan December 8, 2010 at 7:15 pm

I miss sharing these with you! Miss sharing lots of things with you. It is amazing to me what 25 miles apart can do! xx


9 Alice December 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm

These are terribly pretty. I think it is the pastel colours that sets the pale biscuit off so well. Thank goodness you took the time and effort to find them.
How lovely to have such a bond with a grandparent. Something you will pass on too one day no doubt.


10 Susan December 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I hope I still love to bake when I am old and grey! I sure enjoy now, with my kids! thanks for the comment!


11 Maria December 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm

These are so cute!


12 tammy December 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I know these amazing cookies are near and dear to your heart. They look beautiful in blue! Thx for sharing, I will make them!


13 Nicole @ The Dirty Oven December 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Just wow! Amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing…love love love the cookies. Thanks


14 Crustabakes December 9, 2010 at 7:16 am

WOW, these are incredibly beautiful. And thanks so much for the heartwarming story, i really enjoyed it


15 Jodi-o December 9, 2010 at 9:13 am

Hi Susan – lovely cookie post. What a blessing to have your grandmother near at such a critical point in your life. I will definitely try these cookies – I have a great press (pampered chef) but haven’t had much luck with it. Do you do these on a)parchment paper b)silpat or c)on the pan? LMK.


16 Susan December 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

hi jodi! i always use parchment sheets. I have silpats and use those for candy and toffee, but generally I use parchment sheets that I get at Surfas! Happy Holidays!


17 Lisa December 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm

First, these cookies sounds fabulous. And second, I’m so sorry you had were so sick as a child and glad you’re healthy today. I think it was the love of your grandma that made you who you are. God bless!


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