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Grandma’s Cookie Jar

Welcome to Grandma’s Cookie Jar!

This page will give you recipes for the cookies and other goodies that my sister and I  have made with our grandmas (Grandma Bacon and Grandma Collins), while at our grandma’s house or that our grandmas had made for us or others.

These recipes are tried and true through at least 3 generations and I want to share them with you.

Recipes will be up on December 4, 2012; just in time for holiday baking.

Caramel Corn

I remember Grandma Bacon making this when Cory and I spent the night…our special treat!

3 qt. popped corn, ready in a lightly greased bowl

Heat together: 2 cups brown sugar, ½ cup water and 1 Tbsp. butter. Stir until it comes to a boil and then simmer until candy thermometer reaches 246° to 248°.

Remove from heat and add ¼ tsp. baking soda. Stir until foamy. Add to popped corn and stir until covered. Turn out onto waxed paper and cool.

February Dessert

(Grandma Bacon made this rich, delicious dessert for special occasions and no matter how many times I ate my weight in this dessert; I never grew tired of it)

Mix together:

2 cups vanilla wafers or graham cracker crumbs (I remember it with the graham cracker crumbs)

1 stick of oleo, melted (butter works too)

Press into a 12×15 pan or 2 pie pans and bake for 5 minutes and 400°.

Beat well:

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

Add a little milk if needed

Spread over baked crust.

Sprinkle ¾ cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans) over top. Spread 1 medium carton of Cool Whip over nuts.

In a mixing bowl, mix together:

1 large can Cherry pie filling

½ cup sugar

½ tsp. almond extract

Spread over Cool Whip

Refrigerate overnight.


Pineapple Nut Cookies

This recipe was from my Aunt Wally. Grandma Bacon made these every Christmas and sent these cookies (and others) to her sons and their families out west.

Sift together and set aside:

4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

Beat together until light and fluffy:

1 cup shortening

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar (do not pack)

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

Gradually add dry ingredients.

Stir in and mix well:

1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple (with liquid)

1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet

Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes.

Grandma Collins’ Bon Bons

Every Christmas Eve, the entire Collins family made their way to Grandpa and Grandma Collins’ house at one point or another before heading onto our Collins Family Christmas Party. Grandma always had a variety of cookies and candies on the table for everyone to munch on while we visited and opened gifts.

2 lb. powdered sugar

1 lb. coconut

1 can Eagle Brand milk

1 stick butter

Mix all ingredients well and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Melt in double boiler:

1 ½ bags of chocolate chips

½ bar of wax

Vanilla (there was no measurement for this, but I would say ½ tsp.)

Roll coconut mixture into balls and dip into chocolate mixture.  Cool in waxed paper.

Chocolate Peanut Clusters    Makes: about 30 clusters (depending on size)

These had to be one of my favorites! If you like chocolate covered peanuts, you will love this easy recipe!

Melt in double boiler:

Chocolate Candy melts (I used a 14 oz. bag of Wilton Light Cocoa Melt)

Add peanuts ( I used a 12 oz. can of lightly salted peanuts)

Drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper


Molasses Cookies

This recipe comes from; Aunt Lucinda, my great-grandma bacon’s sister, from up in Vanderbilt, Michigan. Feel free to cut everything in half; this might make a lot of cookies.

2 cups sugar

1 cup shortening

1 cup molasses

1 cup hot water

3 eggs

Salt to taste

5 level teaspoons baking soda

5 teaspoons ginger

Flour (enough to make a soft dough, I think we figured 6 ½ cups)

Shape into balls, put on cookie sheets and flatten slightly with a sugared glass bottom, or just sprinkle with sugar and flatten a little. We baked everything at 350° for about 12-15 minutes.

Hard Candy

I loved the many flavors Grandma Collins would make but cinnamon was my favorite!)
3 ¾ cup white sugar
1 cup water
1 ½ cup white Karo syrup

Mix and boil to 300 degrees.  Remove from heat.  Add oil of flavor and color.  Pour onto cookie sheet covered lightly with powdered sugar.  When cool, break into pieces.

Photo: sodahead

Photo: sodahead

Peppermint Candy

Another of Grandma Collins’ goodies for Christmas! Way before Peppermint bark was famous…
2 pounds white chocolate melts
1 pound peppermint candies, crushed

Bring water to boil in double boiler.  Turn off heat and put chocolate in top  and stir until melted.  Pour in peppermint.  Pour on cookie sheets lined with waxed paper.  Break into pieces when cool.


Church Windows

These were amazing! You will find that Grandma Collins had recipes that were not only sweet and delicious, but very easy to make!
1 stick oleo
12 oz. chocolate chips

Melt oleo and chips together and cool slightly.  Add 1 package colored mini marshmallows.  Pour onto waxed paper and roll into a log.  Refrigerate until set and cut into slices.

M&M’S® Party Cookies              MAKES ABOUT 5 DOZEN COOKIES

It wouldn’t be Christmas at our house without these delicious cookies!


1 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup M&M’S®  Milk Chocolate Candies


1. Heat oven to 375°F.

2.  Beat sugars and shortening until light and fluffy.
3. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
4. Stir in 2/3 cup M&M’S® Milk Chocolate Candies. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Press several additional M&M’S® Milk Chocolate Candies into each cookie. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown.



2 thoughts on “Grandma’s Cookie Jar

  1. a lot of great recipes, will have to try some

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