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Grandma's Brown Sugar Drop Cookies Recipe

Grandma's Brown Sugar Drop Cookies

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"These are great EASY cookies. My grandmother made them for years."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Cream together shortening and brown sugar. Add eggs and mix well.
  3. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Stir into mixture. Add flour, salt and cinnamon. Mix well.
  4. Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheet. Bake 10 - 12 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 22, 2003

I think this is a great recipe, aside from the overwhelming taste of baking soda. I had to reduce it to 1/2 a tsp to get a normal tasting cookie...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 22, 2008

It was an easy recipe. Not to crazy about all the shortening. Would make again but with butter instead of shortening.

Feb 23, 2005

Okay, I took the advice of some of the other reviewers of this recipe, and added a little less baking soda. WOW these cookies are amazing!! I added raisins and pecans, because the cookies just seemed to ask for them! Great recipe.

Oct 22, 2008

Good cookie - my adjustments: one egg instead of two, only 1/2 tsp baking soda, only 1/2 tbls water, and I added 1 tsp vanilla, I used oil instead of shortening and refrigerated for an hour before baking so they wouldn't run together.

May 09, 2003

I made these for a women's retreat that I went to a few weeks ago. I left some at home for my husband and he couldn't stop eating them. I sent the leftovers home with my mom and my brothers & Dad loved them too. There was a faint taste of ginger in them, but I don't know where it came from. Bottom line, I'd definitely make them again.

Apr 24, 2007

After reading some of the reviews I reduced the baking soda to 1 tsp and also used only 1 egg. I added a tsp of almond extract and as I didn't have enough shortening, I topped it off with margarine. The end result was pretty tasty. I made them for a play date and all the kids and moms really liked them. The did spread more than I had realized they were going to so my pan became one big cookie that I had to seperate, but even so they were a soft, chewy, brown sugary delight.

Dec 30, 2006

Reduced baking soda and loved the outcome. I liked that it wasn't overwhelmingly sweet and turned out being soft and a little fluffy. My husband just about ate the whole batch. Thanks for offering it.

Jul 15, 2010

Taste good, but really soft. Too much shortening, in my opinion. Would like to try again with butter, almond extract, and vanilla.


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  • Calories
  • 241 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.4 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 12.4 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 271 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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