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Related: Check out four more vintage cookie recipes! These are lacy wonders that my wife loves with morning coffee and that I love with anything, any time of day. Aunt

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Related: Check out four more vintage cookie recipes! These are lacy wonders that my wife loves with morning coffee and that I love with anything, any time of day. Aunt

Related: Check out four more vintage cookie recipes!


These are lacy wonders that my wife loves with morning coffee and that I love with anything, any time of day. Aunt Nancy would make red-, green-, and cinnamon-sugar-dusted. We made four colors last year — red, green, blue, and yellow — because we ended up with a too-fancy container of decorating sugar and thought, Well, why not? For years, I did the egg-white wash on the bottom of a glass to press out the cookies before baking, but finally, last year, I took to just mashing them with my fingers — and you almost couldn’t tell. They stick to the glass. Using the glass is a misery. I’ll never use the glass again.

Yield: About 100 cookies.

½ pound butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream butter and sugar; mix in other ingredients. Using about ¾ teaspoon of batter, shape into balls, and place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Slightly beat egg white, dip bottom of a glass into it, and flatten each. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or colored sugar. Bake at 325° for 10 to 12 minutes.

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This story was published on Nov 22, 2022

Drew Perry

Perry teaches writing at Elon University. His first novel, This Is Just Exactly Like You, was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan prize from the Center for Fiction, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution and a SIBA Okra pick. His second, Kids These Days, was an Amazon Best-of-the-Month pick and was named to Kirkus Reviews 'Winter's Best Bets' and 'Books So Funny You're Guaranteed to Laugh' lists.