Sandies From Mildred

The second version in this notebook.

Check out Betty’s version, and if you want a third, here’s a version from the December 13, 1934 edition of the Iola (Kansas) Register:


6 Tbsp. shortening
2-1/2 Tbps. confectioners’ sugar
1 c. sifted cake or pastry flour
1/2 tsp. ice water
1/2 c. chopped walnut meats
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. powdered sugar

Cream the shortening; add the confectioners’ sugar and cream well. Add the flour, ice water, walnut meats, and vanilla and mix well. Chill.

Shape into rolls 1-inch long by 1/2 inch wide and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a slow oven of 300 deg. F. for 30-35 minutes or until slightly browned. remove from cookie sheet and shake immediately in a bag with the powdered sugar. Makes 20 cookies.

If preferred, the dough may be dropepd from the tip of a teaspoon on to a greased baking sheet and baked as above.

In using an electric beater, allow the shortening to stand at room temperature until soft, then cream for 1 minute using high speed. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat well. Turn to lowest speed and add the flour, ice water, nutmeats and vanilla. Scrape the bowl and beat a few seconds longer. Proceed as directed.


From a notebook originally from somewhere in the general area of Sterling, Colorado from the 1930s.

This recipe is from the 45th page of the notebook; here’s the page in full (click to enlarge).

Click to expand a longer explanation...

In the words of the seller:
I acquired this book from the great granddaughter of the woman who wrote this book back in a small Nebraska town in the 30’s. She belonged to that generation of rural housewives who worked tirelessly to make ends meet and “keep body and soul together” for their families working the farms.

Later addendum:[A]fter a conversation I had with a friend’s sister who used to live in North Eastern Colorado, given the type of recipes listed we decided it might be from a small town there, i.e., Sterling or Fort Morgan. Also North Platte or Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Even Cheyenne, Wyoming. If you Google a map of Sterling, Colorado and pull back, you will see all these little towns in that tri-state area.

[Sandies] from Mildred

1/2 c. butter
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. flour
1 c. walnuts or pecans
[confectioners sugar]

Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and mix. Add flour and nuts and work in.

Roll into balls and bake, 350 for 15 minutes, until golden. When done, roll in confectioners sugar.

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