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Secret Family Recipes

Cookies have always been a holiday tradition on my mother’s side of the family. When my grandmother was still alive, she would bake plates and plates of cookies, usually four or five different kinds, and hand them out to family members, neighbors, and others.

This year, my sister, husband and I decided to work together to bake my grandmother’s cookies. And it took all three of us to pull off what she did by herself. We were able to replicate most of her recipes successfully, with one exception. The wine biscuits.

It seemed like one of the simpler recipes, but we ran into trouble once the dough was mixed. We needed to roll it into four inch ropes and twist into ropes, but the dough was much too soft. My sister saved the day by suggesting that we roll the dough into one inch balls and cut the cook time in half. It worked, and the biscuits came out amazing. We dipped some of them in almond icing from another cookie recipe for a little extra sweetness.

I never realized how much this cookie baking is actually an exercise in giving. You so much time and energy into them, and then give most of them away. You actually have to, because the recipes produce so many, but it’s still harder then expected.

So in the same spirit of generosity, here is the aforementioned wine biscuit recipe below. My grandmother never believed in secret family recipes anyways. He motto: “What’s the point if no one makes them?”

Wine Biscuits

1/2 cup red wine

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 vegetable oil

1 egg

2 1/2 cup flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375 F

In a large bowl, mix together wine, sugar, oil, and egg. Next, add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix until a soft dough forms. Roll dough into one inch balls and place on a one inch cookie sheet. Bake for ten minutes.


  1. Nice to carry on the tradition! I have never had a cookie with wine in it–a new take on a dessert drink! Sounds good. I too try to replicate my family’s cookies. Made an anise German cookie, Springerle, this year, and added my own twist with some lemon zest. Even better than the original, I think. Happy, happy to you and yours…

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