Fancy Cookie Recipes

Grandma's fancy cookie recipes are full of homemade goodness and old fashioned good taste. You'll find them easy to make and fun to serve on any occasion that calls for a cookie that's sweet and classy.

Old Fashioned Fancy Cookie Recipe

The Hotel St Francis Cookbook (1919)

Old Fashioned Sand Tart Cookie with FruitSand Tart Garnished with Whipped Cream and Berries
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Hotel St Francis Sand Tart Cookies

Serve your Sand Tart as is or make fancy with berries and whipped cream or garnishes of choice as depicted in the above photo. Delicious!

One pound of sugar, one pound of flour, the yolks of five eggs, six ounces of butter, and three tablespoonfuls of thick sour milk in which has been dissolved a pinch of baking soda.

Mix to a hard dough and roll very thin. Beat the whites of two eggs and use to moisten the top of the rolled dough.

Cut in the desired shape, sprinkle with sugar mixed with a little powdered cinnamon and chopped almonds, put on buttered pan and bake quick (400°F). Decorate before serving.

Fancy Cookie Recipe

Submitted by Darlene R.

Pecan Tassies

Plateful of Pecan TassiesEnjoy Making Fancy Pecan Tassies for Your Loved Ones
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You'll love these amazing cookies that look and taste like miniature pecan pies. I got this fancy cookie recipe for Pecan Tassies from my mother-in-law many years ago. —Darlene R.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour

Blend the butter and cheese. Stir in flour. Cover and chill 1 hour. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut in 3-inch rounds with a scalloped cookie cutter.

Pat into 1-3/4-inch muffin pans (or divide dough into 24 balls, press against sides and bottom of muffin cups)

Hint: What's even easier is to use refrigerated cookie dough.


1 beaten egg
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash of salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

In a small mixing bowl stir together egg, brown sugar, butter or margarine, vanilla, and salt just until smooth. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the chopped pecans into each pastry-lined muffin cup. Fill each cup with egg mixture.

Bake in 325°F oven about 25 minutes or until filling is set. Cool, then remove from pans. Cover, chill to store. Makes about 2 dozen delicious Pecan Tassies. Enjoy!

Old Fashioned Fancy Cookie Recipes

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)

Pudding Cookies

Plateful of Pudding CookiesMake a Plateful of Colorful Pudding Cookies
(PD Source: Adapted by Don Bell)

Mix well 3/4 cup Bisquick®, 1 package instant pudding mix (any flavor), 1/4 cup salad oil, 1 egg. Mix and form into small balls; flatten with hand on non-greased baking sheet.

Bake 8 minutes in moderate oven (350°F). The cookies will take on the color of the pudding mix used. Makes about 3 dozen fun-to-eat cookies.

Jam Jams

These fancy little cookies are simple to make yet colorful and always tasty.

2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
6 tablespoons corn syrup
2 level teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon lemon, or vanilla flavoring
Enough flour to roll thin.

Roll dough thin, cut, and bake (375°F). Remove from oven and while warm, put two together with your favorite jam. Enjoy!

Easy Marshmallow Sandwiches

Toast marshmallows and press while hot between baked gingersnap cookies, vanilla wafers, or butter thins. So easy! So delicious!

Raisin Puff Cookies


2 cups raisins
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup margarine, or butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-1/2 cups flour

Put raisins and water in saucepan and cook until the water boils off. Cream sugar and margarine. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.

Add raisins with the flour. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in granulated sugar. Make sure the balls are well covered with sugar.

Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes. Enjoy.

Fancy Cookies for Tea

3/4 cupful (6 ounces) butter
1/2 cupful (1/4 pound) sugar
2 small eggs
1 level teaspoonful baking powder
3 level cupfuls (3/4 pound) flour
1/2 teaspoonful almond extract
1/2 cupful (2 ounces) ground almonds

Cream butter and sugar together, add eggs well beaten, flour sifted with baking powder, extract, and almonds. Knead lightly, and roll out on a floured baking board.

Cut cookies with a small, plain round cutter, lay on greased tins, spread on each a little of the white icing (below) and sprinkle over a few shredded almonds. Bake in a moderate (375°F) oven for 10 minutes.

Hard White Icing:

1 egg white
1-3/4 level cupfuls (1/2 pound) confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoonful lemon juice
Shredded almonds

Sift sugar into a bowl, add egg and lemon juice and beat for 15 minutes. If too thick, add a very little more white of egg. Sufficient to ice 50 cookies.

About the Fancy Cookie Recipes

Old Fashioned Glass Cookie JarCookie Jar With Fancy Cookies (Source: ©

Most farm kitchens had an old glass cookie jar on the counter, though sometimes it safely sat on a high shelf out of reach from little cookie snatchers.

But, Grandma didn't mind if a couple were missing. As busy as she was, Grandma always found time to keep her cookie jar filled.

Ah, the wonderful memories! Why not create memories of your own? Just pick one or two of the fancy cookie recipes above and fill your family's cookie jar to its brim.

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