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Homemade Lorna Doone Cookies #SundayFunday

Today the Sunday Funday group is celebrating childhood favorites. Thanks to Stacy of Food Lust People Love, Sue of Palatable Pastime, Rebekah of Making Miracles, and Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm for coordinating this low-stress group. Today Stacy is hosting and she's given us the following prompt: "Childhood favorites. Did you have a favorite dish growing up? It could be something your family cooked or a restaurant dish, even a Chef Boyardee canned good or packaged ingredients like Rice-a Roni or mac and cheese. Recreate THAT dish from SCRATCH for this event."

 Here's the #SundayFunday childhood favorites line-up...

Homemade Lorna Doone Cookies

When Stacy posted the theme, I was completely flummoxed because I didn't eat a lot of packaged  foods when I was a kid. Or eat out at a lot of restaurants. Heck, I still don't. My mom made almost everything from scratch. And I've probably posted most of my childhood favorites before as family recipes. Then I had an epiphany moment. I remembered that my dad used to keep a package of Lorna Doone cookies in his desk. And when my mom wasn't home - remember, she was anti-packaged food - he and I would sit in his office and eat them. So it was an extra special treat!

The funny thing is that I remember the package being blue and I remember a flower design on the cookies. I definitely didn't remember words. Then, I realized that when my dad was sneaking me packaged cookies, I was probably three. About this size...

And I didn't really know how to read. So, maybe the letters just didn't register. Also, I went to look for some at the grocery store and didn't see them. Perhaps because I was looking for a blue package and the packaging is actually yellow. I might look for them the next time I go to the store. Maybe not though because my version is better than I remember them to be. I did pull out my cutters and alphabet presses to spell out L-O-R-N-A. 

Ingredients makes approximately 18 cookies

  • 1/2  cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 1 cup flour plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla paste (you can use extract, but I like seeing the seeds) 
  • Also needed: rolling pin, baking sheet, parchment paper


Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Beat in the egg. Then add in the flour and cornstarch and fold in until completely moistened. Press the dough together into a ball and place on a floured workspace.

Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Use cutters or a knife to form squares or rectangles. Place dough on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Place in the preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes at 325 degrees. 

Remove tray from the oven and let cookies cool completely on a wire rack. 

Though my kids haven't actually tried Lorna Doone cookies, these are now a favorite of theirs, too. We made them again for Mothers' Day with our initials and some Xs and Os. They just call these "those crispy cookies."

Well, that's a wrap for our childhood favorites event for #SundayFunday. We'll be back next week as I will be hosting an event with salsa recipes. Stay tuned!


  1. What a sweet photo of you and your dad, Camilla! Those cookies look delicious and I can see why they quickly became a family favorite.

  2. Thanks for sharing that photo and your memories with us. I have never had lorna doone's but I do love shortbread!!!

  3. oh. this could be so much fun baking these embossed ones with my little one. that's a beautiful pic, Camilla and such a lovely recipe too.

  4. I grew up with Lorna Doones in the house too, and my dad was the cookie purveyor as well. Great memories.

  5. These look like the most perfect cookies to go with tea!!

  6. Beautiful memories Camilla. I totally understand when you ay no lady made food or packaged food. I too grew up eating food made from scratch. Such a lovely tribute to your childhood memory of creating the secret cookies between your dad and you.


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