Family Never Fail Butter Cookie Recipe

Her grandchildren, great grandchildren, family members, friends and neighbors all called my maternal grandmother “Mimi.” When my mother became a grandmother we continued the maternal grandmother family tradition and called her “Mimi” and my Mimi became “Mimi Eva.” When I became a grandmother, I was thrilled and honored  that our children continued our family tradition… my grandchildren call me “Mimi.”

“Mimi Eva’s” cookies are our traditional Chanukah cookies. The secret to these “Never Fail”butter cookies is the 2 Tablespoons of sour cream. I usually make thedough the day before and refrigerate it over night. When I roll out thedough on the wooden cutting board, “Mimi” gave me as a bridal shower gift, I make it as thin as possible. My family loves crispy cookies.
I use my Chanukah dreidel, stars and menorah cookies cutters that I have had since our eldest son was a baby, andfor other occasion I use my 42 year old heart shaped or round cookiecutters my Mimi gave me when I was a bride. You can make them thicker if you prefer. I sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar.On other occasions I add coffee and powdered cocoa to the recipeand/or sprinkled them with colored sugar, plain sugar or coloredsprinkles.
When the cookies are finished baking they turn a lovely golden brown and disappear as fast I can bake them.

Mimi’s Butter Cookies
2 Sticks butter
1 C. Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 Tbs Sour cream
4 C. Sifted flour
2 tsp. Baking powder

1 Pinch Salt

Cream butter, add sugar, eggs, vanilla and sour cream. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together and add to creamed mixture. When mixed well wrap soft dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate (over night if possible). Flour the cutting surface and roll out to preferred thickness.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown and ENJOY!

Mimi Eva and our eldest son, Joshua, baking together circa 1975

Now, I’m off to the kitchen to bake
Mimi Eva’s “Never Fail Butter Cookies”
with her great-great-granddaughter!

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  1. Mari on December 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Your Mimi Eva looks so much like my Gramma Minnie. Must be the c.1975 dress! Happy Chanukah and thanks for the dee-lish secret family recipe!

  2. Sheila Glazov Author Speaker on December 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Maybe we are related??!! Love her dress and glasses and Joshua’s long hair! A belated Happy Chanukah back to you! Enjoy the cookies and the secret recipe. You are dee-lish too!

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