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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Old Fashioned Drop Cookie

This week, I'm sharing another recipe from my mother's collection with my friends at Johanna's International Christmas Cookie Party. This recipe calls for lard, but you know I try to keep things light, (wink, wink) so I substitute vegetable shortening. These cookies have a distinctive flavor due to the use of brown sugar instead of white. Let's get baking!

Old Fashioned Drop Cookies
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup lard or shortening
1/2 cup boiling water
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Put sugar, lard/shortening, and bowling water in a bowl; let stand 15 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift flour , baking powder and baking soda together. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet or parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

I usually add a cup of walnuts to this batter. The cookies may be served as is or may be iced with your favorite icing.


  1. The boiling water is interesting, I've never seen a recipe that calls for it before! I used brown sugar in my cookie this week too:@)

  2. Hello La,
    this sunds very interesting. I have also never heard a batter like this. I think the boiling water melts lard/shortening and sugar, so the batter is very smooth. I am so happy you join the party tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing this nice recipe.
    Greetings, Johanna

  3. Well, you had me at brown sugar! I'm drooling looking at the photos.

  4. I looooooooooove all holiday cookies. this recipe looks so good, thank you for sharing!

  5. They look so good. Really similar to my MIL's cookies. She still uses Lard. She's 86 and says your body uses natural foods better- even lard- and it won't hurt you. After Don's heart attack in 1995 she made a healthy catfish meal guessed it...breading and frying it in lard. I wonder if we'll ever know who is right- her or science. My money is on

  6. Love those recipes that call for LARD ... oh, those good old days. Back then people weren't pudgy, chunky, heavy & ate things that nowadays are considered HORRIBLE for us ... hmmmm!

    Will have to give this the old try ... ty for sharing. They do look yummy.

    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  7. Thank you La for bringing back memories of my wonderful grandma and my times with her in the kitchen ~ and the LARD!!!


  8. Yummmm...sounds wonderful. I broke down and bought some lard the other day for a biscuit recipe. Boy were they good!

  9. Oh yummy! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  10. I am sure these are really moise and yummy! I love the addition of the nuts and I think that a maple icing would be perfect. My mom used to do Lard for pie crust, but I haven't used lard ever -- I bet it would be great! Joni

  11. ok gonna try these...brown sugar...what is better?????
    Love your blog!

  12. We had an English nanny that used lard quite a bit. We are all still alive but I would definitely substitute as you did! Your cookies look heavenly!!


  13. La, those look FABULOUS. I dropped by from Outdoor Wednesday, but I stopped on this post to grab a cookie! Thanks!


    Sheila :-)

  14. These look so yummy!My grandmother used lard daily and she lived to be 98... never knew what heart burn was or had a headache.I obviously missed those genes.
    Have a good day, Annette

  15. I'm not an advocate of using sugar, but these certainly look good! And brown sugar is better than white. :-)

  16. I make my sisters cookies every year for the holidays but, I use lard like they originally were made. They are very yummy and a hit with my family.

  17. Hi La
    I love the idea of substituting vegetable shortening for lard. I have one cookie I bake with lard but I don't like to use it very often.
    Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner.

  18. Girl, are you trying to make my rear end bigger!!! lol!!

  19. Hallo La,

    these cookies i must try, they look so good. Thanks for the recipe.

    Many greetings Anne

  20. La,
    That sounds easy and delicious! I love the addition of walnuts. Yummm.


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