Aunt Jenny's Old-Fashioned Christmas CookiesHere is page 6 and part of page 7 of the vintage Spry cookbook “Aunt Jenny’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookies”. This was published in 1952 and distributed by Lever Brothers Company (the maker of Spry shortening) and featured the company’s advertising character “Aunt Jenny”.

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Page 6 of Cookbook - Click To View Larger Size

…Follow These Easy Steps!

  1. Beat Spry, sugar, salt, flavorings, and eggs together in one easy step! No tedious creaming…no separate beating of eggs!
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, and soda onto Spry mixture and mix thoroughly. Add milk and mix to a soft, smooth dough.
  3. Measure level tablespoons of dough and turn out with spatula onto Sprycoated cookie sheet, leaving about 2″ between.
  4. Stamp into thin rounds, using flat-bottomed glass covered with damp cloth. Easier, quicker than rolling and cutting!
  5. With spatula, remove cookies from sheet immediately to wire racks. Keep them apart until cold. Store in airtight tin.

First Part Of Page 7 of Cookbook - Click To View Larger SizeSugar Cookies

Combine and beat thoroughly:

1/2 cup Homogenized Spry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup sugar
2 unbeaten eggs

Sift together:

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon soda; add to Spry mixture and blend.

Add…2 tablespoons milk and mix well.

Measure out…level tablespoons of dough on Sprycoated baking sheets. Flatten cookies by stamping with a flat-bottomed glass covered with a damp cloth. Sprinkle with sugar. Or press 3 seeded raisins or split blanched almonds into cookies.

Bake…in moderately hot oven (375°F.) 10-12 minutes. Makes 3 1/2 dozen.

Orange Sugar Cookies. Add 2 teaspoons grated orange rind in first mixing step; instead of milk, use 1 tablespoon orange juice. Sprinkle cookies before baking with sugar which has been rubbed with a little grated orange rind.

Lemon Sugar Cookies. Increase grated lemon rind to 2 1/2 teaspoons; instead of milk, use 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Sprinkle cookies before baking with sugar lightly spiced with nutmeg.

Anise or Caraway Sugar Cookies. Omit nutmeg. Add 1 tablespoon aniseed or caraway seed in first mixing step.

Vanilla Sugar Cookies. Omit lemon rind and nutmeg; add 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Christmas Sugar Cookies. Brush cookies before baking with slightly beaten egg white. Decorate tops as follows: (1) sprinkle with colored sugars (2) cut candied cherries several times to form leaves of poinsettias and place on each cookie. Make stems with green citron.

Raisin Sugar Cookies. Add 1/2 cup ground raisins to Spry-sugar mixture. Sprinkle cookies before baking with sugar lightly spiced with cinnamon.

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4 Responses to Perfect Sugar Cookies – Aunt Jenny’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookies

Published 8 April, 2016 in 2:31 pm

What is spry?

Published 8 April, 2016 in 2:33 pm

Oh ok found it, it’s vegetable shortening

Published 11 December, 2016 in 11:37 am

This was my all time favorite….used to listen to Aunt Jenny on the radio……now you know I am OLD!

Beth Clements
Published 12 December, 2017 in 10:52 am

I would like to know what spry is as I have never heard of it.

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