For the most I think most of us have come to accept chocolate chip cookies as the pinnacle of cookie achievement. However, there are a number of cookie recipes out there just waiting to be tried. And, some of the best of these recipes just happen to be vintage, like this long forgotten sweet treat, Alice cookies.
The story behind the Alice cookie recipe is interesting. A Redditor named Sarah Conklin found the recipe card stashed inside a recipe book and decided to make the cookies. She then posted the results of her work (and the recipe) online for everyone to see.
We don’t know who Alice is, but if these cookies were her signature dessert then we can imagine she was quite the popular lady to have at bake sales, church suppers, and potlucks!
The addition of brown sugar gives these cookies more depth of flavor, making these treats a step up from basic sugar cookies, but with a twist all their own.
Owing to their light color and the crosshatch fork marks on top at passing glance you might think these cookies have at least something to do with peanut butter. But, there are no peanut products in this recipe. Instead, these treats are actually closer to butter cookies, albeit with the addition of a single walnut half on top of each cookie.
To make this recipe start by creaming together the butter and sugars, then add in the egg yolk and vanilla. Sift in the flour and once the batter comes together make 1″ to 1 1/2″ balls from the dough.
Arrange the dough balls on a cookie sheet spaced far apart. Then flatten each one slightly with a flat-bottom mug or cup. Once you have the cookies laid out, dip a fork in the egg white and make a cross hatch design on each cookie.
Top each cookie with a walnut half and the bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of cookies are golden brown. Allow to cool and enjoy these wonderful, nutty, buttery vintage cookies (maybe with a nice glass of milk).
Makes 36 cookies
10m prep time
12m cook time
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons white sugar
- 1 egg, separated
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup walnut halves
- Preheat oven to 375˚F. Cream butter and sugars together. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Sift in flour 1 cup at a time and mix until combined.
- Roll cookie dough into 1”-1 1/2” balls. Flatten each ball slightly with the bottom of a flat mug or cup.
- Whip egg white. Dip fork into egg white. Make a cross hatch pattern with the back of the fork. Press a single walnut on top of each cookie.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes and allow to cool before serving.
Recipe adapted from Today.