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Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies is an amazing vintage cookie recipe and still extremely popular today! Great for parties and holidays or just simply with a nice cool glass of milk or cup of coffee!

Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies is an amazing vintage cookie recipe and still extremely popular today! Great for parties and holidays or just simply with a nice cool glass of milk or cup of coffee!

Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies! Oh boy! Doesn't everyone love grandma's cooking? This recipe certainly won't disappoint.

It's certainly a very old family recipe and one my grandmother made often during the 1940's when there was a World War and food rationing was in force. That meant everyone was only allowed a certain allowance of various ingredients, such as sugar, meat and so on.

This food rationing led to families and in particular, the cook... that would most likely be mom, having to be very creative and inventive with ingredients so that she could feed her family. Of course, having sweet treats was really a treat.

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Sugar was heavily rationed, as was butter. (The original recipe calls for lard, but here, I have used butter in the ingredients as it is easier to buy for most people). So, my grandmother came up with using honey as a substitute for sugar so she could make these Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies.

My father told me that when his mother would make these, he and his 9 other brothers and sisters would swarm the kitchen and they would be eaten faster than my grandma could place them on the cooling rack.

Well.... I don't think any of these peanut drop cookies even made it onto the cooling rack! My grandma made a few different cookie recipes, another being her popular Grandma's War Time Orange Drop Cookies.

Grandma's War Time Orange Drop Cookies are an old family favorite dating back to the second world war when rationing was in force. Grandma always came up with a great cookie to enjoy!

What is the texture of these peanut cookies?

These Peanut Drop Cookies are soft and chewy, so don't go expecting a crunchy hard cookie because they are SOFT! They go great with a cold glass of milk or a nice cup of tea, and the young ones love these too, especially as they're a softer cookie.

If you're worried about the nuts for the kiddies, then feel free to leave them out, or perhaps make up a batch and divide so half is with and half is without the peanuts!

I've also swapped the peanuts for sultanas, dried cranberries and chocolate chips, so don't be frightened to experiment and swap out the nuts for something else or make up a few different types of cookies using the same batch of cookie dough.

This recipe will give you about 4 dozen cookies, so there's plenty of dough for you to divide it up and switch the flavors a little if you wish!

Thanks to Grandma and her wartime creativity, we have these delicious peanut drop cookies and a huge variety of possibilities for you to be flexible with the nut ingredient too!

Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies is an amazing vintage cookie recipe and still extremely popular today! Great for parties and holidays or just simply with a nice cool glass of milk or cup of coffee!

This month's recipe challenge Lovefoodies takes part in with a handful of other bloggers is themed 'Grandma's Recipes'. So at the end of Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookie recipe, you'll see some other lovely recipes from our blogger friends and they have shared recipes handed down to them too.

If you're a fan of vintage or grandma recipes then you will love these! Hopefully, some of them will take you down memory lane too. That's always a lovely thing!

So let's get right to the recipe and see how we can get these in our tummy's asap! Please enjoy my Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies.

Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies is an amazing vintage cookie recipe and still extremely popular today! Great for parties and holidays or just simply with a nice cool glass of milk or cup of coffee!

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

10 Minutes

Serves

4 Dozen

Ingredients

2/3 cup or 170 g Butter, softened
1 1/4 cups or 425 g Honey
1 Egg, beaten
2 1/2 cups or 310 g All-Purpose Flour, sifted
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 cup or 140 g chopped roasted peanuts
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F or 180 C. Have all your ingredients measured and weighed out ready.

Ingredients weighed and measured
Roughly chopped nuts for Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies


2. Mix together the butter and honey and vanilla extract.

Mix butter and honey

Then add beaten egg and continue to mix until smooth and combined.

Butter and honey in mixer creamed

3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt, then add to the syrup mixture and fold in chopped peanuts until completely combined.

Cookie mixture after adding flour to show consistency

4. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Butter and honey combined for cookie dough for Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies after 30 minutes regrigeration


5. Drop the batter in teaspoonfuls on a greased baking tray and bake for about 8 - 10 minutes. (I didn't grease my baking tray, I just used parchment paper to line.)

teaspoonfuls of grandma's war time peanut drop cookies on baking sheet to show size and distance apart on tray


6. When done, leave in baking tray for 5 minutes then place on a cooling rack until cool. Enjoy with a nice cold glass of milk or a cup of coffee!

Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies after baking to show golden color and texture

Ahhhhh! Grab a cold glass of milk!

Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies on cooling rack
Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies is an amazing vintage cookie recipe and still extremely popular today! Great for parties and holidays or just simply with a nice cool glass of milk or cup of coffee!

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Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies is an amazing vintage cookie recipe and still extremely popular today! Great for parties and holidays or just simply with a nice cool glass of milk or cup of coffee!

Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies

Yield: 4 Dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Grandma's War Time Peanut Drop Cookies is an amazing vintage cookie recipe and still extremely popular today! Great for parties and holidays or just simply with a nice cool glass of milk or cup of coffee!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup or 170 g Butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups or 425 g Honey
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups or 310 g All Purpose Flour, sifted
  • 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup or 140 g chopped roasted peanuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F or 180 C. Have all your ingredients measured and weighed out ready.
  2. Mix together the butter and honey and vanilla extract. Then add beaten egg.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt, then add to the syrup mixture and fold in chopped peanuts until completely combined.
  4. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Drop the batter in teaspoonfuls on a greased baking tray and bake for about 8 - 10 minutes. (I didn't grease my baking tray, I just used parchment paper to line.
  6. When done, leave in baking tray for 5 minutes then place on a cooling rack until cool. Enjoy with a nice cold glass of milk or a cup of coffee!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 95Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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This post is part of Twinkl’s VE Day Campaign, and is featured in their Best Wartime Recipes to Celebrate VE Day from Home post.

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  2. Cookies are always a beloved dessert in our home and your recipe for Grandma’s War Time Peanut Drop Cookies will be a great addition to our cookie recipe collection!