Butter Balls.......from the Mennonite Treasury Recipes Cookbook

This recipe is from my well used Mennonite Treasury Recipes Cookbook. With the first printing in 1962, and knowing that the majority of these recipes predate the book, it is comforting to pull an occasional recipe from a tried and true time tested source.

This cookie is one that mom would make from time to time...a simple cookie and a bit like a vanilla wafer without the vanilla taste...now does that make sense?

Good for tea and dipping!

Butter Balls

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 2 cups flour

Cream butter and shortening and sugars thoroughly. Add well beaten egg. Sift dry ingredients and add. Mix well. Roll into small balls (they will flatten by themselves in the oven into perfect little dipping circles). Then bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a 350 oven. I found that 12 minutes was just right for my oven. Keep an eye on them and when they JUST turn brown, pop them out of the oven to cool on pan for two minutes and then slide them off onto a rack to finish cooling (to save the bottoms from scorching).


  1. Mmm-mm, yum.. I remember these too, Trish. Thanks for bringing back an 'old goodie'.

  2. Just a quick note to say that I've been following your blog for a little while and I love it! Thank you for sharing your time and wonderful recipes!

  3. The ingredients are so simple but yummy. They look like chocolate chip cookies without you know what. . a perfect flavour to go with anything. I was reading a while back that they always used Cream of Tartar before Baking Powder. . .

  4. sweet and simple, kinda like the time they were created in. time to get back to a simpler life style. these sound good. i think i will try them.

  5. Simple and so yummy. In my oven the cookies only took 10 minutes to bake. I rolled the dough into small balls and ended up with 4&1/2 doz cookies in total (each cookie was @2inches/5cm in diameter after baking). I have made the recipe a few times now and each time the cookies come out with cracks on the tops, so mine didn’t quite look like the picture on the post but they were delicious.
    Candace :)