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The Secret Cookie Recipes Grandma (Almost) Wouldn’t Share

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Learn how to bake like grandma with these time-tested secret cookie recipes.

Grandma Krause’s Coconut Cookies

Grandma Krause's Coconut CookiesTaste of Home

When my two daughters were young, their great-grandma made them coconut cookies with oats. Thankfully, she shared the recipe. —Debra Dorn, Homosassa, Florida

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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter CookiesTaste of Home

My mother insisted that my grandmother write down one recipe for her when she got married in 1942. She needed to know this how to make peanut butter cookies from scratch recipe. That was a real effort because Grandma was a traditional pioneer-type cook who used “a little of this or that ’til it feels right.” This treasured recipe is the only one she ever wrote down! —Janet Hall, Clinton, Wisconsin

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Cookie Jar Gingersnaps

Cookie Jar GingersnapsTaste of Home

My grandma kept two cookie jars in her pantry. One of the jars, which I now have, always had these crisp and chewy gingersnaps in it. They’re still my favorite cookie recipe. My daughter, Becky, used this recipe for a 4-H fair and won a blue ribbon. —Deb Handy, Pomona, Kansas

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Grandma Brubaker’s Orange Cookies

Grandma Brubaker's Orange CookiesTaste of Home

At least two generations of my family have enjoyed the recipe for these delicate orange-flavored cookies. —Sheri DeBolt, Huntington, Indiana

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Crisp Sugar Cookies

Crisp Sugar CookiesTaste of Home
My grandmother always had sugar cookies in her pantry, and we grandchildren would empty that big jar quickly because they were the best! I now regularly bake these wonderful cookies to share with friends. —Evelyn Poteet, Hancock, Maryland. We wonder if this grandma knew about this little secret to making the best sugar cookies.

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Great-Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

Great-Grandma's Oatmeal CookiesTaste of Home

Not only is this recipe a favorite of my husband’s, but it’s also extra special to me because it goes back to my great-grandmother. For holidays, we like to sprinkle on colored sugar for a festive touch. —Mary Ann Konechne, Kimball, South Dakota

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Mexican Chocolate Sugar Crisps

Mexican Chocolate Sugar CrispsTaste of Home

My grandma loved these so much, she would hide them from my grandpa! I think of her every time I make a batch. Like Mexican spice? Try stirring in a little chili powder. —Michele Lovio, Thousand Oaks, California

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Frosted Spice Cookies

Frosted Spice CookiesTaste of Home

This recipe has been handed down through many generations of my husband’s family. The cookies were always in his grandmother’s cookie jar when he’d visit. Today, he enjoys them more than ever—and so I do. —Debbie Hurlbert, Howard, Ohio

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Honey-Lime Almond Cookies

Honey-Lime Almond CookiesTaste of Home
Decades ago my grandmother passed this buttery lime cookie recipe to me. Through years of baking, our cookie memories keep the family connected, although we’re miles apart. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania. Do you know about this step everyone skips while making cookies?

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Grandma’s Raspberry Rugelach

Grandma's Raspberry RugelachTaste of Home

I remember sitting on my great-grandmother’s couch with a pad and pen in hand as she told me each ingredient and measurement for her special rugelach. Her recipe stands apart because it’s a fun twist from typical versions. —Dalya Rubin, Boca Raton, Florida

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