Grandma Steiner’s Christmas Cookies

Grandma Steiner’s Christmas Cookies

Grandma Steiner’s Christmas Cookie recipe comes from Mrs. Robert Patey of Springfield, Illinois, “This is my ‘secret’ recipe for cookies, which has been handed down from generation to generation, beginning with Mrs. Johann Steiner in Switzerland. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without these cookies brought from the ‘Old World’.”

Grandma Steiner’s Christmas Cookies

2 cups sugar
2 cups butter 
2 cups sweet milk 
4 eggs 
1 ounce baking ammonia 
7 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Dissolve baking ammonia crystals in the milk.

  2. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, add flour and milk alternately.

  3. Add salt.

  4. Roll out dough on floured board.

  5. Cut with Christmas cutters.

  6. Bake 8-10 minutes at 350°.

Icing for Grandma Steiner's Christmas Cookies

1 1/2 cups sugar 
1/3 cup water 
2 egg whites 
1/4 tsp. anise oil


  1. Boil sugar and water until it spins a thread.

  2. Add egg whites slowly.

  3. While beating constantly, add 1/4 tsp. anise oil.

  4. Spread on cooled cookies.

  5. Decorate with colored sugars, silver dragees, and cinnamon drops.



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