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Grandma's Syrup Cookies

Another of our vintage recipes.

Quick Facts

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 10 to 12 minutes
Yield: 5 dozen


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup shortening OR lard
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Karo® Dark Corn Syrup
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Additional sugar


  1. Cream sugar and shortening until blended in a mixing bowl.  Add sour cream and corn syrup; mix well.  Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and spices; add to creamed mixture and combine thoroughly.

    Roll dough into 1-inch balls.  Place on lightly greased baking sheet.  Flatten with a flat-bottomed drinking glass that has been dipped in sugar (to prevent sticking).  Bake at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes, or until browned.  Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

    This recipe was provided courtesy of Our Iowa Magazine.