Buttery Cookies for Grandpa

My Dad loves to cook. I always questioned if it was the act of cooking that he liked or if he just enjoyed watching how much we loved eating his food.

Cooking was an act of service for his family that showed how much he loved us.

A few years ago, Dad bought the boys a cookbook from the 1970’s called You Can Cook. He sparked the boys’ interest in cooking by giving them this simple kid’s cookbook.

Buttery cookies with jam centers is one of the boys’ favorite cookie recipes from You Can Cook and the first cookie my youngest son made all by himself.


You’ll need:

2 sticks butter (softened at room temperature)

½ cup sugar

2 cups flour

Jelly or jam (strawberry, raspberry, or your favorite flavor)



Preheat oven to 375°

Mash the butter and sugar in a bowl using the back of a wooden spoon. Stir together until the mixture is smooth and soft. You can use an electric mixer for this, I’m sure, but we like the exercise so we can work off the calories from the butter.

Add the flour and stir until the dough sticks together and is slightly damp.

Shape the dough into balls about the size of a walnut and press your finger into the center, making a depression. How fun!  Fill the hollow with jelly.

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.


“Hey, Grandpa! I made cookies all by myself from the cookbook you got us!  They are yummy!”


Thanks to my Dad, cooking and baking have become acts of love in the next generation of our family.  We love you, Dad.



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