Mom’s Angel Cookie Recipe


This recipe is well over 50 years old.  It is a winner, easy to make, and very tasty!  They are great to eat just out of the oven, and they also store well for the late night munchies.  If you make them I guarantee that you will be back in the kitchen soon to whip up another batch.  They do not last long if you have kids at home…even big kids aged in the 40’s!

When I was a boy these cookies became my favorite, and no Christmas season would be complete without several batches being made.  This year I made some for Thanksgiving, and more baking this month means that friends are going to be getting cookie tins with these inside.  And everybody gets the recipe, so the tradition of these gems continues.

Every year at about this time I called my mom and asked if she had done any baking yet.  I always seemed to call before the cookies were made, but soon thereafter they were always in the cupboard where they had been placed since I was in the third grade.  If they can leave a memory like that in a 45 year old, it must mean they are good!

Angel Cookies

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 cups shortening

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp vanilla

2 tsp. cream of tarter

2 tsp. baking soda

4 cups flour

Mix sugar and shortening.  Add eggs and beat.  Add flavoring.   Add dry ingredients.  Shape into balls the size of a walnut and roll in colored sugars.  (As the years went along my mom at times left this out, and it did not detract from the yummyness.  I also recall that as a boy my mom placed the sugars on the cookies midway through the baking process.)  Place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet.  (Not the non-stick kind.) Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 

As the recipe notes it “Makes a pretty Christmas cookie.”

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2 thoughts on “Mom’s Angel Cookie Recipe

  1. Bev

    We tried these cookies, but I’m not sure if we messed up or what. The cookies turned out rather hard/crunchy. They were fine if you soaked them in a glass of milk, but were not for eating without. Are they supposed to be this way? Please advise! The flavor was great though, will be added to our cookie lineup with a possible alteration as needed depending on your response. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Bev,

    They should not be hard cookies. They make lots of good crumbs if they are made well….so in other words they are not a soft cookie. Still, they are not hard either.

    Did you use a non-stick cookie sheet?

    Do not let them get too brown (over-cooked).

    I would suggest another batch….and let me know.

    I also understand you know Robert and Marion……so Hello!!

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