Drop Cookie Recipes

Grandma's old fashioned drop cookie recipes are so very easy to make. They're called drop cookies because you make them by using a soft cookie dough that's dropped by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and baked.

These homemade cookies contain all-natural, wholesome ingredients, and they taste absolutely delicious. Everybody loves them, and I'll say it again, they are so easy to make.

Old Fashioned Drop Cookie Recipes

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)

Raisin Drop Cookie RecipeEnjoy Date or Raisin Drop Cookies - Both are Delicious
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Grandma McIlmoyle's Molasses Drop Cookies

1 cup of molasses, 1/2 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of water or milk, 3 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of ginger, 1 teaspoon of clove, 1/2 teaspoon of soda. Mix and bake in a moderate oven (375°F).

Pineapple Drop Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
2 egg whites
4 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 No. 2 can (2-1/2 cups) crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup chopped nuts

Directions: Cream butter, eggs, vanilla, sugars. Add flour, baking soda, salt, pineapple, alternately. Add nuts. Drop on greased cookie sheet, bake at 350°F for 12 minutes. Makes 5 dozen.

Old Fashioned Rock Cakes

Rock Cakes with RaisinsOld Time Rock Cakes with Raisins and Sprinkled Sugar
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This old fashioned drop cookie recipe has its roots in the distant past, but it remains popular today because you cannot beat the amazing taste of these homemade cookies.

Ingredients: 2 cups raisins, 4 tablespoons milk, 2 eggs., 1 teaspoonful soda, 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1-1/2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg each, 2-3/4 cups flour.

Cream butter and sugar, add beaten eggs, then add milk and other ingredients. Drop in small cakes on buttered pan and bake (375°F) till done.

Old Fashioned Rock Cookies

One and one-half cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 2 eggs, 3 tablespoons milk or hot water, 1/2 pound dates, 2 cups rolled oats, 2 cups flour, 1 level teaspoon baking soda, pinch of salt.

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and milk, dates, rolled oats, and flour with soda and salt. Drop on hot pan and bake in quick oven (400°F).

Bran Drop Cookies

One cup shortening, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs. 3 tablespoons sour milk, 1 cup chopped nuts, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon cloves, 2 cups flour, 2 cups natural bran.

Cream butter, add sugar gradually, then beaten eggs, then milk in which soda has been dissolved, and dry ingredients mixed together. Add the nuts broken into quarters.

Drop from a teaspoon on buttered baking sheets and bake in moderate oven (375°F).

Three Way Drop Cookies

Homemade Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Chocolate Drop CookiesVintage Three-Way Cookies Recipe Offers a Tasty Selection
(Source: Mary Lee Taylor Recipes)

This old fashioned drop cookie recipe is like getting 3 great cookie recipes in one — Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Chocolate!

Evaporated Milk

To substitute 1 cup evaporated milk, use 1 cup heavy cream, or gently simmer 2-1/4 cups whole milk in a saucepan until reduced to 1 cup.


1. Sift together 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

2. Put into bowl 3 tablespoons soft shortening and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

3. Mix in gradually 1/2 cup sugar.

4. Beat in vigorously 1 well-beaten egg.

5. Add flour mixture alternatively with 1-1/2 tablespoons PET Evaporated Milk.

6. Beat until smooth after each addition. Begin and end with flour mixture.

7. Divide into 3 equal portions. DROP one portion by teaspoons onto greased baking sheet. Bake in moderate oven (375°F) 12 minutes, or until brown.

8. Mix into second portion of batter 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, then bake as directed above.

9. Mix into remaining batter 1-1/2 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1-1/2 teaspoons PET Evaporated Milk, then bake as directed above.

Plain cookies can be garnished with chocolate and cinnamon cookies garnished with halved raisins before baking, if desired. —Mary Lee Taylor

Bran and Honey Drop Cookies

Two tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup honey (scant), 2 eggs, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon soda, 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup natural bran, 1/8 teaspoon powdered aniseed.

Cream the honey and butter together. Add the eggs unbeaten, and beat the mixture thoroughly. Sift together the flour, soda, bran, and aniseed.

Combine all the ingredients; drop from a teaspoon onto a buttered tin and bake in a moderate oven (375°F).

Date or Raisin Drop Cookies

When dates are added to this old fashioned drop cookie recipe, the sweetness of the dates along with the chewiness of the rolled oats and walnuts make these homemade cookies so good tasting. And the raisin drop cookies are equally delicious. Enjoy!

One half cup shortening, l cup sugar (either white or brown), 1 egg well beaten, 1/3 cup sour milk, 1-1/2 cups rolled oats, l cup chopped dates (can use 1 cup raisins also), 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1-1/2 cups sifted flour, sifted again with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ginger.

Drop by teaspoonfuls on greased pan and bake about 15 minutes in moderate oven (375°F). Makes about 3 dozen. —Mrs. Roy F. Laing

Crunchy Jumble Drop Cookies

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups crispy rice cereal
6 ounces (1 cup) chocolate chips
1 cup seedless raisins (optional)

For this homemade drop cookie recipe, sift together flour, soda, and salt. Set aside. Measure butter and sugar into large mixing bowl; beat until well blended and smooth.

Add egg and vanilla flavoring; beat well. Add sifted dry ingredients; mix until combined. Stir in Rice Krispies® cereal, chocolate chips, and raisins.

Drop by level tablespoon onto lightly greased baking sheets.

Bake in moderate oven (350°F) about 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove immediately from the baking sheets; cool on wire racks. Makes about 3 dozen crunchy cookies, 2-1/2 inches diameter.

Pride of Kansas Drop Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup Rice Krispies®
1 cup chocolate chips

Note: Shredded coconut can be substituted for Rice Krispies®, if preferred in this drop cookie recipe.

Cream shortening and blend in sugars and eggs. Sift dry ingredients together, then add to first mixture. Stir in vanilla, oats, Rice Krispies®, and chocolate chips. Mix well by hand to avoid over mixing.

Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes in 350°F oven. —Mrs. Cleo Young, Kansas

Boston Drop Cookies

One cup brown sugar, 2/3 cup butter, 1 egg, 2 cups flour, 1 cup chopped nuts, 1 cup dates, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, 1 teaspoon soda dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water.

This homemade drop cookie recipe is easy to make. Simply drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto a greased pan and bake (375°F). —Mrs. Menzies

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