Thursday, May 13, 2010

Grandma's Special...Cracked Sugar Cookies

Have you ever found a cookie recipe that EVERYONE LOVES? This is one of those.

When I first began blogging, I shared a bit about my mom...aka "The Cookie Lady". At 91, Mom has forgotten a lot about the recipes she has prepared for oh so many years. She struggles to remember how to measure, how to set the oven. and other rudimentary cooking details. BUT...she has not forgotten how to bake Cracked Sugar Cookies!

In her residence, she shares her baking efforts...carrying little ziploc bags of these cookies down to the dining room. People clamor to get some of Helen's cookies...and those who miss out, often come knocking on her door to ask if she has any more. She's become so popular that her kids have begun to give her the makings of these cookies for any special occasion.

Why are they called Cracked Sugar Cookies? Well look at the cutaway... the center of these cookies are hollow!

These cookies are among my family's favorites. The first time I made them, I sent my future husband across the state with 6 dozen cracked sugars to give to his grandmother...she got CRUMBS! The first recipe all three of my sons asked to have was cracked sugars and my DIL asked me to bake these cookies for her to take to her company Christmas party. My neighbor likes when she leaves a dish here...she wants the Cracked Sugars I usually put in her dish as a thank you. It's one of my most requested recipes. And so I will share it with you.....


1 stick butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 cups flour

In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, sugar. Add yolks and vanilla. Mix together. Sift together the salt, baking soda, cream of tartar and flour. Combine all the ingredients. Roll the dough into 1-1 1/2 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet (I always line with parchment paper)...about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 20 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container to maintain crispness.
Makes 6 dozen.

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12 comments: said...

Wow Jane I have never seen a hollow cookie!

Simple Daisy said...


mermaid gallery said...

It must be the cream of tartar that does that. They look great, sound awesome, ....Why is it, everybody I know is watching their weight? including me....

M & M said...

thanks! Can't wait to try! I think these are sometimes called resurrection cookies--the empty tomb!

rjerdee said...

Love the empty tomb, resurrection cookie idea! So many Foodie Friday recipes today...don't know where to start!
Have a great weekend, Jane...and I still love looking at your last post about the sting husband says they call them "devil rays" in Tampa...

Melinda said...

I've been looking for a new and original idea for my daughter's 4H project - and this looks perfect! Thanks for sharing!

Shellbelle said...

How unique, I've never seen a cookie do that, it is so cool. I've already put this in my recipe file to try, looks like a sure-fire hit.

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe. My family loves sugar cookies.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

YUM! These look wonderful, Jane!


Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jane...

i love cracked sugar cookies!
my mother has a recipie that lets the cookies have a hollow puff ball out the one side of the cookie..they're odd looking, but neat at the same time..these remind me of them!

i've also read some of your older posts...
the leather skin post was interesting and yucky at the same look for a shade tree already! right!

ciao bella
stop by anytime..

creative carmelina

Our Porch in Hillsborough said...

I can't wait to try these - it's great to have a standby that is a hit every time, and this looks like that kind of recipe. I'll think of your mom when I bake them!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Another gem of a recipe. I'm so glad I stumbled upon your wonderful blog!!

Thanks for telling me about these.