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Bachelor Button Cookies (VRP 014)

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Bachelor Button Cookies

This recipe for Bachelor Buttons Cookies is popular during the holidays.

I want to test them but am not sure of the Brazil nuts so will be researching similar nuts to substitute. Which one would you recommend?

Bachelor Button Cookies

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There is a notation that this recipe is from “Aunt Helen.”

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VRP014 Red White Tin Box
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This box was purchased with another box, VRP015 – Wood Box, along with a Ziploc bag full of recipes. The seller of this box sent me the following:

I wish I had more information than this – I purchased these right outside of a small town called Monticello, Iowa. They had an estate auction and sold the house and the contents of the house. I don’t have a name or any other information. Hope this little bit helps, and that you enjoy your recipes. Thank you, Carol

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Bachelor Button Cookies

Bachelor Button Cookies

Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Brazil nuts, shredded
  • 1/2 cup candied cherries, chopped


  1. Cream the butter and sugar
  2. Add egg to the butter and sugar mix
  3. Add vanilla
  4. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt
  5. Mix in the coconut to the flour mixture
  6. Add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes
  8. Remove from oven and press the middle of the cookie to add the cherries once the cookie has cooled



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Bachelor Button Cookies

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Karen Goodwin

Friday 28th of December 2018


I found this recipe while searching for my mother's Bachelor Button recipe. This version seems to be very similar if not exactly the same as hers and what is uncanny about the recipe is that the handwriting looks very much like my mom's handwriting! I noticed that the recipe is attributed to Aunt Helen which is my mother's mother's(my grandmother) name.

The instruction to roll the size of marbles is an expression that my mother has also used. Since the coincidences seem to be so many; I am wondering if the recipe that you have could possibly actually be my mother's recipe.?

My mother passed away in 2014 and her cookbooks were sold at her estate sale as well as donated. She lived her entire life in southern Wisconsin as did her mother. Could you possibly share with me where you acquired the recipe card? I would love to know if it is actually my mother's handwritten recipe.

My mom and grandmother lived in the following towns in Wisconsin: Newberg, West Bend, and Grafton. It is possible that it came from another town if it came from a niece of my Grandmother; Helen. My mom's middle name was also Helen.

Thank you for any information you might be able to give me regarding this recipe. Karen Goodwin


Friday 28th of December 2018

It is possible it could be since they were sold in Monticello, Iowa auction - read more here:

Do you know of a Bernice Pollack? See the recipe here:

View all the recipes in the box here to see if any others look familiar and PLEASE let me know as I would love to know more about the recipes.

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