The Grandma Baking Series: Sage Cookies

When asked to guess the secret ingredient in these cookies, my grandma and I were both stumped.

The treat had been brought all the way from San Francisco to Vancouver by my Aunt Gael. Knowing how much we love baked goods, she had packed them with her.

The secret spice turned out to be sage. SAGE! I never would’ve guessed, but it works. You must try these cookies to believe it.


2 c. flour

1/2 c. cornmeal

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 ½ tsp. ground sage

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. butter

3/4 c. brown sugar

2 egg yolks

1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 tsp. grated orange rind


1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease two baking trays.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sage, and salt. Here’s my grandma to demonstrate:

3. In a separate small to medium bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, egg yolks, vanilla, and grated orange.

4. Form dough into 1-inch-wide balls, then add your thumbprint.

5. Fill the thumbprint with your favorite jam or jelly. We used my grandma’s homemade raspberry jelly.

FYI: these cookies freeze well.

If you like this recipe, you might also enjoy my grandma’s homemade chocolate bar recipe.

Stay tune for more grandma recipes –> @erin_ireland

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