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As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be Christmas for me without this heavenly cookie that my Grandma would bake.

Her Nugget cookies recipe has been loved in our family for more than 60 years.

Not only is it delicious, but it’s super easy to make.

With just seven ingredients that are probably already in your pantry and no special techniques it’s the perfect cookie recipe that you’ll be sure to enjoy.

For the most part, the recipes I love to make originate from my grandma.

She was an amazing cook and definitely expressed her love through cooking and baking. 

She loved to serve and bless the lives of her family.

Oh, how I miss her at Christmas time.

In my hear, I can hear her infectious giggle.

Certainly, that’s some of the fun at Christmas time, making grandma’s recipes and reminiscing.

In fact, as I was preparing this batch of cookies, I invited my granddaughter Ellie to come help me.

She loves to bake and is learning how to be a great cook too.

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Grandma’s easy cookie recipe that everyone will love.

Keep reading to find out how to make these delicious homemade cookies!

Another family favorite recipe we make at Christmas is our homemade meatball appetizer with a sweet and tangy cranberry sauce.

And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love our Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting.

And it pairs so well with our Fudgy Brownie Recipe.

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Easy Cookie Recipe

Yes! This heavenly and easy cookie recipe can be made weeks or even a couple of months ahead of the holiday season.

Just place cookies in a well sealed air tight container.

Then just pull them out, thaw and enjoy all through the holiday season.

I’m a huge fan of getting the holiday baking done ahead of time.

It certainly relieves a lot of stress to do some of the holiday baking ahead of time.

Ingredients for Easy Cookie Recipe

For this cookie recipe you will need the following:

What’ the Purpose of Creaming the Butter and Sugar?

Creaming butter and sugar for easy Cookie Recipe

Have you ever wondered why you need to cream the butter and sugar when making cookies? 

Creaming evenly distributes the sugar into the butter and also helps the sugar to dissolve.

You also increase the volume through creaming, which incorporates air into the mixture.

The result in an overall a lighter texture cookie.

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Mix dry ingredients for cookie recipe.

In addition, it’s important to combine dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.

This will ensure that your dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed before you add them to the butter mixture.

Clearly, there is nothing worse than biting into your cookie and getting a bite of salt or baking soda.

This is a step not to be missed.

Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, for Easy Cookie Recipe

Once the wet and dry mixtures are thoroughly combined you can mix the two together.

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix thoroughly.

The mixture will be dry and crumbly once mixed for Grandma's Cookie Recipe

You fill find that with this particular cookie recipe the dough will be dry and crumbly at this point.

Add vanilla and almond extract and stir until well combined for Grandma's Delicious Cookie Recipe

At this time you will add the vanilla and almond extract.

Clearly, for a more tasty cookie use pure vanilla and almond extracts.

In fact, my favorite is a Mexican vanilla. It has a more intense and yummy flavor.

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Finally add nuts of choice for easy Cookie Recipe

Last but not least, you’ll add the nuts.

This easy cookie recipe is very flexible.

You can add your favorite nuts.

My grandma always used walnuts in this cookie recipe.

However, I’ve discovered that I prefer pecans.

So, now I always use pecans in this cookie recipe.

However, my sister uses almonds.

Choose the type of nut like best.

Mixed cookie dough
A cookie scoop helps keeps cookies uniform in size.
Easy Cookie Recipe Roll dough into a ball.

Shaping the cookie dough is the step that Ellie loves most.

To ensure that each cookie is relatively the same size we like to use a cookie scoop.

Easy Cookie Recipe,Roll cookie dough into walnut sized balls.
Flatten cookie dough with the bottom of a cup.

Roll cookie dough into balls and then flatten until about 3/8″ thick.

Easy Cookie Recipe,Place cookie dough on a cookie sheet.

With this particular cookie recipe, the cookies can be placed fairly close together.

Since there is no leavening in the cookie recipe, they will not rise or expand in the baking process.

As a result I can fit all 24 cookies on one large baking sheet.

Place the cookies in a preheated 325º oven and bake for 25 minutes.

Easy Cookie Recipe,Cookies are done, when they are lightly browned. Let cool completely.

It should be noted that the baked cookies will be a very light brown around the edges. Be careful to not over bake. 

Let the cookies cool completely.

Dust with Powdered Sugar

When cookies are completely cooled, coat each cookie with powdered sugar.
When cookies are completely cooled, coat each cookie with powdered sugar.

Then once the cookies are completely cooled, dredge them in powdered sugar and shake off any excess sugar.

Enjoy This Sweet Treat

Tray of grandma's easy cookie recipe, perfect for holiday celebrations.

Are ready to enjoy this sweet treat.

Clearly this delicious cookie would be yummy anytime of year.

However, I grew up with this cookie only served at Christmas time.

They do look like a winter cookie with the dusting of powdered sugar. 

My grandma always served these cookies with a scoop of Burnt Almond Fudge ice cream.

Just thinking about it makes my mouth water!

Now I need to go find some ice cream.

Grandma always served her delicious cookie with Burnt Almond Fudge ice cream.

This easy cookie recipe is also delicious served with a cup of our Eggless Eggnog.

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Another favorite Christmas recipe is our Berry French Toast Casserole.

In fact, it’s our choice for Christmas morning.

It can be prepared a couple of days in advance and just popped in the oven Christmas morning.

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Easy Cookie Recipe dusted with powdered sugar.

Grandma’s Nugget Cookies

This delicious cookie recipe has been a family favorite for more than 60 years. It's a holiday treat that we look forward to each year.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Cookies


  • mixer
  • oven


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar plus extra powdered sugar for dusting cookies after baked
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbls vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup nuts (pecans or walnuts) chopped


  • Preheat oven to 325º.
  • Cream softened butter and powdered sugar until fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl mix together flour and salt.
  • Gradually add flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix until well combined. The mixture will be dry and crumbly.
  • Add vanilla and almond extract to the cookie dough and mix until well combined.
  • Finally, fold in nuts.
  • Roll cookie dough mixture into small balls about the size of a walnut and flatten. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies at 325º for 25 minutes or until very lightly browned.
  • Let cookies cool completely, then dredge in powdered sugar.


Cookies can be stored in an air tight container and frozen for several months. This makes it easy to get your holiday baking done early and enjoy them throughout the Christmas season.
Keyword almond flavor, crisp, easy, grandma’s recipe, holiday favorite, homemade, old fashioned, quick, sweet treat

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