Irene's Simple and Amazing Holiday Treat - Bill's Cookies

Dec 03, 2016


It’s that time of year again, for holiday get togethers, pretty lights, delicious foods and spreading holiday joy! And you simply cannot have that holiday joy without some of Mom’s good home-baked holiday cookies. If you love cookies with buttery sugary goodness, you will absolutely love “Bill’s Cookies” and have to share them with guests at every holiday party. Irene's mother-in-law has been making these since Peter, Irene's husband, was a little boy. They are one of Irene's favorites and always the first to disappear at Christmas time. They are great for swapping with friends, and you can bake ‘em, freeze ‘em, and eat them whenever you want!

Here’s what you’ll need:


1 cup butter

1 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

3 eggs

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

6 cups flour

pinch of salt

½ lb. toasted almond slivers

Powdered fruit sugar (for coating after baked)


Cream together the butter, shortening, sugars and eggs. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and toasted almonds.

Press into a 9x13 baking pan and place in refrigerator. The dough will need to chill for at least at least 1-3 hours prior to baking.

Heat oven to 350. Grease two baking sheets.

Once chilled, cut 1 ¼ inch strips down the pan. Remove one strip at a time and thinly slice into cookies and place on greased baking sheet.

If you have extra dough, or don’t want to bake all the cookies at once, save the remaining dough as a log wrapped in wax paper in the refrigerator until you desire to use it.

Baking time will depend on the thickness of your cookies. Start with 10 minutes, watching closely toward the end of the time, and remove when golden. Continue to add a minute if not done.

While still warm, drop the cookies into fruit powdered sugar, turn and coat both sides.


What a wonderful way to share the spirit of the season. Take these delicacies to all of your friends and neighbors for a delightful holiday offering. We hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we have.

Tags: Recipes, holidays
Category: December 2016

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