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Butter Cookies

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This is probably my brother’s and my husband’s favorite holiday treat! My grandmother used to be a lunchroom worker (aka “lunchroom lady”) at Dixie Junior High (Alabama). This is one of the recipes that she used for years, then my mother used for years, and now I am continuing the tradition.

This is a photo of the sheet of paper that my mother has bearing this recipe:

As you can see, there are some conversions out to the right-hand side, those are what my mother uses for a “home-sized batch”. (I believe the larger measurements were for when they were making them at the school)

Little by little, Iā€™m trying to get digital copies of the recipes that my mother has that I love ā€¦

Recipe Source: Dixie Junior High School lunchroom, by way of my grandmother


1 cup butter/margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1-1/3 teaspoons vanilla (I use 1-1/2 teaspoons of REAL vanilla, but use your best judgment for your taste!)
2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour

Sprinkles, nonpareils, and any other desired cookie decorations (optional)


Mix sugar and butter until well-blended. Add egg and vanilla. Add flour slowly, a little at a time. Roll out onto a greased or non-stick cookie sheet. Decorate if desired, then bake 10-12 minutes at 375-400 degrees F until done — color will be a golden or light brown around the edges.

Hint: Check the bottom of a cookie to make sure they don’t burn!

Nicki’s Note:

It’s best to form about a 1″ ball and flatten a bit with your palm. My grandmother would use a fork to create ridges in the center of the cookie (for holding cookie decorations). Use your best judgment according to how or if you’ll be decorating. šŸ™‚


  1. RJ

    Thank you very much for sharing this recipe. It came out fine.

    I blended the butter and sugar for a good while before i added the anything
    else. and that made the difference.
    Thanks again

  2. Lola

    Thank you for sharing this recipe with me. I am 42 years and remember making sure every day in high school buty my lunchroom butter cookies.

  3. Acquenetta

    I have yet 2 bake the cookies ,but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt this is it. The Chicago lunchroom cookie.

    Infact their sold 4 in a pack for $2.50 or 2/$5.00 Yeah!!!!! their that good, in other words 8 cookies 4/$8.00 man O mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. Same goes 4 the peanut butter cookies as well.

  4. tonia

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Its hard to find the exact taste as the one in high school. Haven’t found them since 1990’s.


  5. Tonya

    Thanks for posting this recipe my spouse and I had been searching for this recipe for many years and we grew up in da chi and those school cookies was the bomb and the school doughnuts was the bomb too

  6. Vanessa Brown

    Thank you so much for this recipe…I haven’t made them yet, but I’ve been looking every where for the recipe and my friends thank you also, because we’ve been asking all around for the recipe.

  7. Dorothy Gray

    I live in Cleveland ohio and I went to addison jr High and we made the cookies in home economics class. I remember trying to make them at home but they were never the same. I thought it was the ovens they used but they were good. I would love to have the recipe as well. However, I am going to try this recipe and we will see how it goes.

  8. Micki

    I went to Collinwood High School in Cleveland, Ohio & the school cafeteria made the most wonderful brown rim butter cookies. I’ve never tasted anything like it since. Sure wish I could locate the recipe. Anyone out there remember these cookies from the 1960’s?

  9. Gwen (Mathis) Baker-Pierson

    I went to Addison Jr Hi in Cleveland Oh also. Whenever we had butter cookies , I would buy 2 and a block of vanilla ice cream to make an ice cream sandwich. Heaven!!! Memories…….

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