Overnight Cookies

Happy Saturday! I’ve never done a Saturday post before (first time for everything) and I wanted to get this post out before Christmas Eve. You see it’s very important I share this sentimental cookie recipe with you.

Like you need another cookie recipe, but this one might actually be of use to you. You see, it’s really really simple. It takes a grand total of maybe 20 minutes (ten to put together and ten to bake) and they pretty tasty. In a world where chocolate-mocha-peppermint-gingerbread-doodles have taken over, these cookies are not only simple, they are different. J described them as “a sugar cookie but not, with maybe a hint of chocolate chip cookie minus the chocolate chips.” Intrigued yet? Perhaps just confused? Fair enough. I’ll get to the recipe shortly.

But before then, I have to tell you why this recipe is so special to me. This is a recipe handed down from my grandmother – therefore it’s origins are unknown – and they are my dad’s favorite cookie. They are called “overnight cookies for two reasons: The first being you actually make the dough and let it sit overnight and secondly, they are also the cookies that I always left out for Santa every year (hmmm…it all makes sense now) along with a big glass of milk. Every year their was nothing but crumbs left (Santa was a hungry fellow) and I just knew it was those cookies that had Santa bringing me so much loot each year. Ah, memories.

Ok, now on to the recipe…

Overnight Cookies

Overnight Cookies

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Yields: about 22 cookies

Difficulty: Easy Peasy


  • 1/2 cup crisco (or vegetable shortening of choice)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Cream the crisco and sugars together until light using an electric mixer
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined
  3. Add the flour, salt, baking powder until combined
  4. Finally, add the nuts and mix well.
  5. My mix was a bit crumbly so I added water, a teaspoon at a time, until you could pinch the mix together and it stuck. Dough 2
  6. pour the mixture out onto a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap.
  7. Folding the plastic wrap together (like a taco) squish the dough together until it forms a tremor-looking log. Dough Worm
  8. Wrap with plastic wrap and sit in the fridge for at least 6 hours (or overnight and make life easier)
  9. Once the dough log has set, Preheat the oven to 450.
  10. Cut into slices about 1/3 of an inch thick. Cut Dough
  11. Place on a cookie sheet, at least 2 inches apart and bake for 10 minutes (yup, only ten minutes. You better watch those suckers though, they cab burn quick). Cooked Cookies
  12. Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack
  13. Enjoy a la Santa Clause with a big glass of milk or leave out with your Christmas list and hope for the best.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!!


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