Aunt Sally’s Cocoa Drops

My mother used to make these cookies, they are my all time favorite. She usually frosted them with a white icing. I made them for my children but they usually didn’t last long enough to get frosted. Now I make them for my 14 month old granddaughter. They are so soft and so good! I usually double the recipe.

Original recipe makes 3 dozen


1/2 cup shortening
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Mix thoroughly sugar, shortening and egg. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and stir in. Add nuts.
  2. Chill dough for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool. Frost with chocolate or white icing. Enjoy!


Calories: 97 kcal
Carbohydrates: 11.6 g
Cholesterol: 6 mg
Fat: 5.4 g
Fiber: 0.8 g
Protein: 1.7 g
Sodium: 58 mg