Barney’s Butterscotch Cookies (a.k.a. the cookies of lies)

I was writing on The Grand Tetons Facebook page and someone asked for a yummy family recipe that my mom has been making since I was a kid and now I make every year. The recipe was from Barney the cook at my great great uncle Frank’s V Bar V Dude Ranch in Hobac Canyon from the early 1900’s. It’s currently the Black Powder Ranch and if so inclined, read my post about our grand trip out west to meet distant relatives and see where the family buildings still stand.

My significant other calls these cookies “cookies of lies” because he’s a chocolate and peanut butter fiend and there are neither in these. I find them to be delicious nonetheless.


1 cup butter or margarine 4 cups brown sugar ADD, ONE AT A TIME
4 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla
6 cups flour
1 Tbsp. soda
1Tbsp. cream of tartar
Start with a big bowl. Mix everything together. Add nuts — pecan or walnut pieces — if you like. Form into rolls. Chill overnight or freeze.
Slice and bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Let rest on cookie sheet for a couple minutes before removing with spatula.

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