Annie’s Cookies – The 10 Days Of Tested Vintage Christmas Cookies

Posted on Dec 12 2012 - 6:38am by RetroRuth

It’s cookie time here on the Mid-Century Menu This year I tested 10 different vintage cookie recipes that caught my eye during the year and that I knew I was going to have to make for Christmas.

Well, actually there were a lot more than ten I wanted to try, but Tom was already starting to accuse me of trying to fatten him up, so the line had to be drawn at ten.

And the first of the lucky ten is a fun recipe called Annie’s Cookies.


This recipe comes from the July 1966 issue of Mail Box News from Maid of Scandinavia (one of my FAVORITE vintage publications) and is described as a German Drop cookie filled with fruits and nuts.

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Annie's Cookies
A soft drop cookie filled with fruit and nuts!
  • 2 cups brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ⅔ cup warm water
  • 4 cups sifted AP flour
  • 3 cups raisins
  • 2½ cups chopped dates
  • 2 cups chopped nutmeats
  1. Cream the sugar and butter well. Add beaten eggs and vanilla.
  2. Sift the flour with the spices and at to the creamed mixture alternately with water in which soda has been dissolved.
  3. Mix in raisins, dates and nuts.
  4. Drop by tablespoons onto greased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 mins or until browned.
This recipe yields about 6 dozen cookies. Be sure to grease cookie sheets!



A couple of tips, since the directions on the recipe are a little sparse:

-The recipe yields A LOT of cookies. I halved the recipe and still ended up with 3 dozen using a standard cookie scoop, so make sure you are ready for a bunch of cookies if you make the full recipe.

-Make sure to grease the cookie sheets, otherwise it will be sticky-city with bent and cracked cookies.

-One sheet of cookies takes about 15 mins in a 350 degree oven.


The Verdict: These cookies are GREAT!

From Tom’s Tasting Notes:

Fantastic aroma and nice and soft. Tastes like carrot cake without the carrots. Good with strong flavors and the fruit and nuts are a great combination.

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9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. veg-o-matic December 12, 2012 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Well, I can’t say the cookies appeal to me, but

    • RetroRuth December 12, 2012 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Ha! It’s Tom’s favorite hat!

      The cookies look pretty sad, don’t they? But I SWEAR they are good! Just a little ugly. 🙂 Poor cookies…

      • veg-o-matic December 13, 2012 at 10:35 am - Reply

        Actually, they look fine, I’m just not a fan of raisins and dates in things.

        You need to get Tom a little ticket that says “Press” to put in his hatband. And a Graflex camera.

  2. Maureen December 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I wonder if you can use parchment paper instead of greasing the cookie sheets. Annie is my daughter’s name, so I am destined to make these 🙂

  3. Lisa January 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    When I was a girl one of my favorite Christmas cookies that my mom made was “Annie’s Christmas cookies. I wonder if these are the same? Mom’s did not have dates but she could have easily taken that out if she didn’t have that ingredient. I always wondered where it came from. I think her recipe called for soaking the raisins to plump them up. But they were delicious.

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