Nina Fletcher Little’s Favorite Crispy Cookies

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Nina Fletcher Little’s Favorite Crispy Cookies

At Cogswell’s Grant, Caroline Craig always kept the cookie jar full. Mrs. Little liked crisp cookies, and these nutty brown-sugar treats were her favorites. (If you make this recipe on a damp or rainy day, the cookies won’t be quite as crisp.)

Total Time: 20
Yield: 24 to 30 cookies


  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, or 8 tablespoons) salted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


Preheat oven to 350° and mist two 9x12-inch cookie sheets with cooking spray. Cream together butter, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Drop mixture by the heaping teaspoonful onto the cookie sheets and flatten slightly. Don't overcrowd them, as the dough will spread into thin, crisp cookies. Bake until light brown, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  • These cookies are thin & sweet with a deep buttery flavor. No additional flour is necessary. I have had rave reviews giving these cookies as gifts. A wonderful recipe!!

  • something wrong with these cookies, so thin i needed to add flour just to cook them.
    and it took 12 minutes, and they were so sweet I could not eat them.


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