These might be the most unusual sugar cookie you'll ever experience! Kind of like a sweet, soft biscuit, these cookies are super addictive and have been a family favorite for over 100 years.

Granny-Grandma’s Old Fashioned Cookies

Course Cookies
Keyword Old Fashioned Cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes


  • 3/4 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. soda
  • 1 cup sour milk 1 cup milk + 2 Tbs. cider vinegar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, sugar, and nutmeg together very, very, well , until the mixture is very soft and pliable to the touch. (If you make these cookies and the texture isn’t soft and tender, it either means you didn’t cream the shortening, sugar, and nutmeg good enough, or you’ve added too much flour to your dough.)

  2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the salt, flour, baking powder and soda together.
  3. Alternately add the flour mixture and the sour milk to the shortening mixture, about a third at a time, stirring between each addition.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly flour a work surface, then place small batches of the dough out onto the prepared work surface; lightly flour the top of the dough, then use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to about ½” thickness. Use a floured glass or cookie cutter to cut out the dough, placing them onto a greased baking sheet.

  5. Bake, uncovered, for 8-12 minutes, doing a finger-test at 8 minutes, then again at 10 minutes. When done, the cookies should spring back when gently touched with your finger at the center.
  6. Remove to a cooling rack to cool, then store the cookies in an air-tight container. Cookies may be frosted with butter cream frosting, if desired.