There are lots of foodies out there who inherited their love of food by being raised in a family of the same nature – lots of time spent in the kitchen together, family recipes passed down and all that.  That was not my family.  On my dad’s side in particular it was more of a permanent meat and carb combination, and never anything fancy.  Despite this, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I still have a few foods that are steeped in memories.  Apple juice, the drink I always requested the moment I arrived at my grandparents’ house.  Ham, corn, and buttered egg noodles, the meal we always ate when that side of the family got together.  And fudge stripe cookies, which in particular remind me of my sweet amazing Grampa.

Grampa and I were buddies.  Even though he had eight grandchildren and loved us all to pieces, when we were together I felt as though I was the most important thing in his world.  We played all sorts of games together.  I loved to play doctor with him.  He would be my patient and every time he said he was feeling better and start to stand up, I would push him back down on the couch and shout, “No you’re not!”  (Great bedside manner – ha!)  We went to the park together and he sang me “Back in the Saddle Again” while riding the teeter totter, only this was a customized version all about me, his little Annie.  (I was devastated when as a teenager I learned that in fact, someone else had written this song and it was not really about me.)  One of my very favorite things to do with Grampa was have what we called “chats”.  Our chats were really more like interviews where he would ask me about something, and I would tell him everything I knew on the subject.  I loved being at the center of his attention.  Often we would enjoy the packaged fudge stripe cookies during our chats, and forever after I would come to associate these cookies with Grampa.

It’s been years since I’ve eaten one of these cookies but the moment I saw this recipe for a homemade version, I knew I had to try them.  They were quite simple to make and the results made me feel all kinds of nostalgic.  You end up with a crisp, fine textured cookie that is strikingly similar to the original but better.  I used dark chocolate this time around because that is what I had on hand but I think semi-sweet would be closer to the store bought version.  I’m so happy to be able to make these at home with surprisingly few ingredients, all of them pronounceable.

I decided to photograph these cookies in one of my favorite places in our home, our front living room.  It is the place I love to sit and read, reflect, maybe enjoy a warm drink.  But the main reason I love it so much is the picture on the wall.  This is my very favorite picture of Grampa.  I wish he was here to try my version of these cookies but instead I’ll just enjoy them for the both of us.


For the cookies:
1¾ cups (7.5 oz) all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking soda
6 tbsp. (4 oz.) corn syrup
½ cup (6 oz.) melted clarified butter* OR ½ cup neutral oil, such as canola oil
2 tbsp. vanilla extract

For the chocolate coating:
1 lb. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped and melted**

*To make the needed amount of clarified butter, melt 12 tbsp. butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat.  Skim all of the foam from the surface.  Measure out the liquid portion (½ cup by volume or 3 oz. by weight), leaving behind any solids that have settled to the bottom.

**For best results, use tempered chocolate for the coating.  This gives the chocolate the best texture, makes it less likely to melt when held, and allows the cookies to be stored at room temperature without the chocolate blooming.  If you don’t want to bother with tempering the chocolate, just store the cookies in the refrigerator.


  • 01

    Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.  Combine the flour and baking soda in the bowl of an electric mixer and stir briefly on low speed to combine.  Add in the corn syrup, butter, and vanilla, and mix until a dough comes together.  Form into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 10-15 minutes.

  • 02

    Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to ¼-inch thickness.  Use a 2½-inch round cookie cutter to cut out rounds of dough, and use any smaller cutter or pastry tip to cut a small hole from the center.  Reroll dough scraps and cut out additional cookies.  Place the dough rounds on the prepared baking sheets and poke lightly with the tines of a fork.  Bake until just barely browned, about 7-9 minutes.  Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.

  • 03

    When the cookies are completely cool, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a few inches of simmering water.  Line the baking sheets with new pieces of parchment (or flip over the pieces you already used).   One at a time, dip the bottom of each cookie lightly in the melted chocolate so that it is covered with a thin layer.  Transfer to the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining cookies.  Use the remaining chocolate to create a striped pattern over the surface of the cookies (use a squeeze bottle or a plastic bag with a very tiny tip cut off).  If you are using tempered chocolate, simply let stand at room temperature to allow the chocolate to harden, about 5-10 minutes.  If you are using non-tempered chocolate, transfer to the refrigerator to chill briefly and set the chocolate.  Store in an airtight container.


  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    These look amazing! I’m not sure I’d be able to get the stripes so perfect though!

  • that photograph melts my heart… grampas are the best! <3

  • I love when a certain food can take you back to an exact time, place, or person! And I had to laugh a little about the ‘Back in the Saddle Again’ story, my Mimi used to change songs all the time, and I too was devastated when I found out they were actually something else entirely! Sweet story and those cookies look fab as well!:)

  • These look like very tasty cookies, but the most touching thing was the photo at the end. Beautiful and sweet.

  • I love your stories about your Grampa, Annie. Thank you so much for sharing them, and for sharing this recipe. Fudge Stripe Cookies were one of my favorites growing up (even though my mom baked great homemade cookies too). I’m excited to try the homemade version!

  • Love this, Annie. What a nice way to honor his memory.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    These are lovely!

  • Elizabeth from Indy

    Your stories about your Grampa this morning have me really missing my own Grandpa. How lucky we are to have had such loving people in our lives.

  • Anonymous

    These used to be my favorite cookies. I may be making this very soon, thanks for the recipe.

  • Very sweet! Yes please on these cookies!

  • Emily Clark

    That is a beautiful picture of you and your grandfather. It just touches my heart.

    I always consult your blog for recipes and such. I’m about to make some scones; a box from King Arthur Flour (cran-raspberry white chocolate – the chocolate sold me this morning!), and wanted to consult your site on the freezing of them (baked or not). So off to get my answer via your search!

    Thank you again for the recipes, stories, and for making most of my days very happy through reading your blog (and baking your recipes).

  • Beautiful cookies, wonderful post!

  • Great post. I imagine a little blonde Annie bossing “patients” around. These cookies look wonderful, always love the little elves version. I’m sure this is sooo much better. Have a good weekend, woman!

  • Your cookies look just perfect! Thanks for sharing the sweet story about you grandpa. I fondly remember all of the precious moments that I spent with my grandparents as child.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes remembering how my Grandpa used to let me play beautician or ride roller coasters. We were both blessed to have wonderful grandpas!

  • Sara

    Just got news that we have a snow day (I’m a teacher), which means I get to play in the kitchen all day! Just so happens I already have all of these ingredients… so Fudge Stripe Cookies it will be!

    Have you ever used the fudge stripes in s’mores? So delicious!

  • Deepa

    I dont know whether i will try this recipe or not…but i just wanted to say that i loved your story….im lucky to have my grandpa still around…im going to call him up and tell him how much he means to us!!

  • Caroline

    I absolutely adore this blog. I can’t remember the last time you posted a new recipe and I didn’t immediately add it to my list of recipes to try! Thank you for sharing such beautiful memories, delicious food, and gorgeous photographs. You’re an inspiration.

  • Ellen

    What a wonderful story and photo of a clearly wonderful Grampa. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

  • Anonymous

    No, but that’s one of the greatest ideas I’ve ever heard :)

  • Anonymous

    I have some pretty great pics of me playing doctor. I’ll have to find them to show you sometime :)

  • Kristen Ramirez

    These cookies are a childhood favorite of mine as well – particularly because they remind me of my grandma! She has always had a “cookie” drawer in her kitchen and if I were to guess, these would be in that same drawer right now! Thanks for posting.

  • Emilie

    What a small world! I just saw this recipe on Brave Tart last night and printed it out to make it. Am glad you “test-drove” it first so now I know it’s a winner. Thanks!

  • This is such a sweet story! That is a wonderful picture of your Grampa. These cookies also remind me of my childhood – I’ll have to make them!

  • Yummy! These look so amazing and don’t sound as hard as I thought they were going to be to make. They look so impressive I was sure it was going to be a long process! I am definitely going to try making these this weekend. Thank you for sharing your sweet story of your grandpa too. I love hearing great memories of grandparents, it makes me think of my Grandma and all the time she used to spend in the kitchen with me, trying to teach me how to bake :)

  • Brenna J

    What a lovely story…. and what a wonderful cookie recipe!! Thanks for sharing… I love reading! :)

  • That’s such a sweet story :) Grandparents are the best! And these cookies look wonderful

  • My grandpa hasn’t been doing very well lately, and as a result I’ve felt very nostalgic of him and my childhood memories. After my grandmother died, we used to take turns spending the night at his house, and it was always the highlight of the month for me. I love having such special memories with him. And so funny about the fudge stripes. The plain shortbread cookies with a hole in the middle always remind me of my Pop :-)

  • Cpower79

    Lovely, lovely post, Annie. :)

  • That is a great picture of the two of you. You are so lucky to have known your grandpa, I didn’t ever get to meet one and the other had a stroke when I was really young. I bet he would’ve loved these cookies they look perfect.

  • Kathy S

    really great post. :) love the pictures, the story, and fudge stripes are one of my top 5 cookies (cookies are my favorite dessert!) :)

  • Those cookies are the things that childhood memories are made of! And thanks for sharing such a sweet story about your grandpa.

  • Jess

    YUM! Can’t wait to make these!!! Love your blog Annie. Praying for you too with the loss of your father. Thanks for sharing your kitchen magic with the rest of us!!! xo

  • Your story made me cry. It sounded a lot like memories with my own grandfather. Thank you!

  • Emilie @ Emilie’s Enjoyables

    Such a great bond you had with your grandfather! And fudge stripe cookies are the best :)

  • What a beautiful post. Food is often about so much more than just nourishment. It’s those wonderful memories it brings back. I can’t even believe there is a homemade version of these and that you made them so beautifully. Mine would not even compare but I will put these on my list to try. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I cannot wait to try these cookies. They were my grandpa’s cookies too. He always had these cookies at his house and I loved eating them with him after school. My grandmother no longer buys them now that he’s not around. I saw some the other day at the grocery store and I instantly thought of him.

  • Jess

    These look wonderful! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing some of the memories you share with your grampa. My grandfather is known as PawPaw and even though I’m an adult now and have several cousins he still to this day makes me feel as though I’m his favorite. It truly is wonderful to be loved like that and even better to have been taught to love others the same way.

  • Jackie @ marin mama cooks

    These cookies bring back childhood memories.

  • Kelsey

    Great post, Annie. The recipe and photography are fabulous, of course, but the stories of you and your Grampa are the best.

  • Natalie

    I love your stories as well as your food. I have a huge list of things I want to try off of here, but I think I have everything on hand to try these today. My grandparents passed on when I was pretty young, but I will always remember one grandma for always having butterscotch candies on hand and the other one for the gummy orange slices! Thanks for sharing your memories. It made me think of mine.

  • RJ (Kids and Cast Iron)

    I too didn’t get my love of food from that type of upbringing. I grew up on everything boxed and processed. Lovely story. These happen to be my favorite store bought cookie, must try this recipe.

  • Lennette Daniels

    The other benefit of making these homemade is they are minus the lysteria from the packaging plant:)

  • such wonderful memories. i have similar ones of my grandparents, specifically the food they’d always have on hand when they knew I was coming over. Gorgeous cookies!

  • Well, this just got me all teary. Your grandpa sounds like an amazing man. My grandparents always had these cookies around, too.

  • These are so beautiful. What a great story. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy

    What a sweet story! I love when something as simple as a cookie can transport us back to such happy times!

  • What a sweet story Annie! I love hearing stories from people’s childhoods. It’s a great reminder to cherish the little moments in life. Isn’t it funny how something as simple as a cookie can bring back a gush of memories like that?

    As for the cookies, I have a huge soft spot in my heart for any homemade version of a store bought cookies, so I am especially excited about this recipe and can’t wait to give it a try.

  • What a sweet post, Annie <3 I want to do ALL those things with my kids and my grandkids now. :) Especially eat fudge stripe cookies! And now I can make them myself!

  • Kelly

    What a sweet, sweet story!! Every child needs someone who makes them feel special like your grandpa did!! The cookies look amazing, too!!

  • Greta Quirk

    Loved your story about your grandpa, very special! The cookies look amazing, can’t wait to try them out!

  • Cluttercafe

    These are my husbands favorites. I can’t wait to try them. Thanks. Here’s a totally non-food related question but, do you know the name of the color of your walls. I have been looking for it and can’t seem to find it and your is PERFECT! Just what I’m looking for.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so sorry, I don’t! I usually remember those things really well but this color was one I just picked as a spur of the moment decision and was a brand I don’t normally buy (I don’t even remember the brand). Lame – sorry!

  • What a wonderful blog post and recipe to share! I loved reading about your special memories with your grampa! This homemade version of those special cookies look great!

  • Corrie Long

    What a precious story about your grandpa. I have such sweet memories of mine too! The picture of the two of you together is such a treasure!

  • Anonymous

    Such a touching story about you and your Grampa. I have a similar association with my Grandma and her sandwich cookies.

  • Cluttercafe

    Oh well, thought I’d ask. Thanks for the response. I’ll just keep looking.

  • The Hungry Housewife

    How very sweet..great memories. Love the cookies

  • Sarah

    Awwww. You made me cry, again. Unfortunately, I never knew either of my grandfathers but your grandfather looks like the very best kind to have had! I’m so glad you have such wonderful memories with him. What a blessing.

  • That was a sweet story. I loved those cookies growing up! I’ll have to try out the recipe soon!

  • These look perfect! My kids would love this!

  • what a lovely story!! and by the way your cookies look perfect

  • Anna Maria

    I loved reading this story, Annie. The picture of you and your grandfather is so sweet. And, as always, your cookies also look delicious :)

  • Anonymous

    Touching, Annie! My brothers and I always called these old people cookies because my grandparents had them, along with sugar wafers, pecan sandies and those cheap gingersnaps ALWAYS on hand. Thanks for making me smile.

  • Stella

    Annie, you’ve done such a gorgeous job of the Fudge Stripes! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, thanks for sharing your photos and sweet story too. It was a treat for me to see these made by someone else. Cheers!

  • Jessie Crow

    Love the photo and the sweet post!

  • Elizabeth

    This is such a great story and so close to my heart this week. I made David Leibovitz’s German chocolate cake last weekend in memory of my grandfather on his would have been 81st birthday. It was amazing and I wish he’d been here to taste it. I will have to try these cookies in honor of yours.

  • Tziranda

    Annie, three cookies look soooo good but I definitely think the best part of tris post is the picture of you and your grandpa. I’m not surprised you’ve put it up in your favourite part of your house, as I’m sure it’s already in your favourite part of your heart. Grandparents are such an important part of our lives…., I loved today’s post and will definitely try your cookies!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for giving me a homemade way to enjoy this childhood favorite!

  • Rachel Willen@FoodFix

    What a beautifully told reminiscence. And it crystalizes what makes us feel special in the world…the thoughtful attention of people we love…or maybe that’s why we love them so much…because we feel their love through their attention (even if it annoys my teenage daughter…she will appreciate it someday!). Anyway…it was a lovely post and the picture brought tears to my eyes because the love and joy there is so evident. It made me think of my mom and the attentive and present grandmother she was…and how when I might become one…I can make a huge impact in my grandchildren’s lives by being that for them…I can’t wait! And I LOVED those cookies as a kid…will have to try and make a gluten free version and do a little reminiscing myself! Thanks.

  • Jessen

    Your Cookies look WAY better than the Elmer Fudge Bagged Cookies!! Great Job.

  • WOW! I am so excited to see this recipe. I love these cookies and so I look forward to making them this year!

  • Love this post, Annie. Such a sweet story. I had a very similar relationship with my grandpa. I was his favorite person in the world, and the feeling was mutual. :) The food that reminds me of him, though, is a steak with a boatload of cracked pepper. :) These cookies look great, and I hope to try them soon!

  • Denise

    Hello Annie. Those cookies look just like little elves made them! :)
    So, after you dip them in chocolate, do you let them sit upside-down or right-side up?
    I’m a neophyte.

  • What a wonderful memory! I love fudge stripes and can’t wait to try this homemade version! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Shelley C

    WHat a wonderful post! I’m hoping to be a grandmother the children will remember as well…it just doesn’t seem to come easily for me :P Making memories are important.

  • Anonymous

    Let them sit flat on the chocolate.

  • Anna

    What a heartwarming post…I am a grandma’s favorite (i know my cousins would agree…) and I think this is the same reason why I love being in the kitchen. Most of my memories with my grandmama was spent and sealed in the kitchen. I love recipes that were made more special by colorful memories. Thanks for sharing this cookie recipe! I’ll try this with my little girl.
    By the way, I love your site. I look forward for more posts!

  • Such a sweet post! I used to love these types of cookies as a little girl. I used to put it on my finger and eat it!

  • Lisa

    I made these the very day you posted!! They are delicious & I agree even better than the real thing!! Thank you!

  • Rosemsteller

    What a beautiful memory! Had the honor of knowing your Grampa -he was such a wonderful man and ADORED his grandchildren !

  • This is so very sweet. Thank you for sharing your family with us.

  • It is like you read my mind! I have these cookies on hand often. I love them.
    My mom is a foodie, but she would rather go out than cook at home. However, I love to bake, so I will be making these.

  • Denise


  • Lovely story and perfect looking cookies.

  • I have NEVER seen a homemade version of these cookies. Leave it up to you to find it and make it! And make it look delicious and easy :). Thanks Annie :)

  • Star1978cj

    So sweet. I got a little teary eyed seeing that picture of your grampa. :)

  • SK

    Hi Annie, I posted a question yesterday not sure why that didnt show-up. I tried these and the dough turned out crumbly. I even chilled them overnight and also added more oil and syrup, it made it slightly better but I was not able to rollout the dough. I shapped them by hand and they turned out ok. The cookies turned out not sweet, the only thing different from your ingridients was I had light corn syrup and I used that instead of regular, do you think that is what made the difference? Thanks in advance.

  • Anonymous

    I did get your comment but have worked approximately 20 hours of the last 36 and haven’t had time to give a proper response. I do not know what the problem might have been. Since other readers have made them successfully, I don’t think it is an issue with the recipe. If you used volume measures last time, I would recommend trying again with weight measures since that is more accurate and consistent. Hopefully that helps.

  • I love the story behind making these cookies. And great, now I’m going to have to try these and break some of my healthy eating. :)

  • SK

    HI Annie,
    Appreciate your comments, sorry didnt mean to nag you for a reply, just wanted to make sure my comment didnt get ‘lost’ in the system somehow. I will definitely try this recipe again. BTW, your blog is awesome, I am newbie to your website and am addicted to it. Thank you for your wonderful recipies, stories.. everything. Oh I have a question, I was wondering if you buy your baking chocolate in bulk from somewhere, can you share the link/name of the brand/store? Thanks once again.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t buy my chocolate in bulk, though I probably should!

  • Lori S.

    This is only one of my absolute favorite store-bought cookies from my childhood! Amazing that you have a homemade version….can’t wait to try it!

  • Mom4cal

    What a lovely picture and a lovely room to remember him.

  • I made these cookies last Friday and took them while traveling over the weekend to see friends and family. The cookies were a HUGE hit! Even with a doubled recipe I still ran out. Absolutely delicious and the dough was such a nice texture to work with. Thanks! These will definitely be added to my favorite cookie list.

  • Anh5556

    These look so much like the keebler ones. im blown away.

  • I love these cookies! Thanks for sharing the recipe, now I can make them at home :) Yay!

  • Shirley G

    Aww, I love the photo of you and your grandpa! I haven’t bought these since adulthood, but they always make me think of my dad and the Keebler variety he would buy.

  • Valerie

    Are these like the Mother’s brand ones? I was devastated when they went out of business. The kebler ones just aren’t the same.

  • annieseats

    I’ve never heard of that brand. We always ate the Keebler ones, so that’s what I loved :)