When our three boys were small, many boxes flew between Ohio and Arizona. Both sets of Grandparents lived in Ohio and we lived in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Naturally they were excited by any box that the mailman brought, but they jumped particularly high when they realized a cookie box from Grandma Agnes Badertscher had arrived. The box was sure to include refrigerator cookies.
Today, decades later, when I asked one of my sons if he remembered Grandma Badertscher’s Christmas cookies, he immediately said yes, and I believe his eyes were twinkling. The cookies may have been plain-jane round, tan, and un-frosted, but they had a memorable melt-in-the-mouth texture and sugary taste to remember.
The lasting love of Agnes Badertscher’s Butterscotch Cookies, a refrigerator cookie, proves that cookies do not have to be complicated to be a hit.
Somewhere, I have a hand-written recipe card that Agnes wrote for me, and I have made the cookies before, but wouldn’t you know–this year when I got ready to share the recipe with you, I could not find the card. Thanks to Ken’s sister, Kay Badertscher Bass for coming to the rescue by e-mailing me a copy of this heritage Christmas Cookie recipe.
Besides being easy to make, these cookies are the most convenient ones on my list of Christmas cookies because you make the dough, roll it up and store it in the refrigerator, ready to slice and bake. Before the Pillsbury Dough Boy was born, housewives were making refrigerator cookies, and if you want to avoid artificial ingredients and fancy packaging, you can do the same.