The recipe was salvaged from what is left of my great grandma's old cookbook.
My mom has made these cookies as far back as I can remember. They seemed to be more of a Christmas tradition for us, but I don't think one off-season batch will hurt anyone..
So here it is:
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
Sift flour with salt & baking soda. In another bowl, cream butter until smooth, add sugars gradually, creaming thoroughly. Stir in vanilla, then eggs one at a time, and beat until well blended.
Slowly blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture.
Chill dough until stiff, then divide in half & place on two sheets of waxed paper. Quickly shape into two uniform rolls about 2 inches in diameter, then roll up the paper.
Store on flat surface in the refrigerator until very firm (4-6 hours). If rolls flatten out in the first hour, remold into round rolls.
When firm, slice with a sharp knife into 1/4-inch thick cookies. Keep thickness uniform for perfect baking. Place an inch apart on baking sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees [about 8 minutes] -makes 40 cookies