Lena Yost nee Bowers baked these simple, fluffy and fragrant sugar cookies and would be pleased that her recipe, a family favourite, has been passed down for three generations and counting.

Lena would have made these cookies as she raised eight children (seven to adulthood) with her loving husband of fifty-four years Floyd Emmer Yost in Dorintosh, Saskatchewan.  She would be shocked to see that she has over one hundred direct descendants today who just might use this cookie recipe themselves.

Don't worry if you aren't a Yost descendant; nobody is perfect!  Bake these cookies anyway and enjoy!


  • 2 cups Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 6 cups Flour (more if required for texture)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract


Pre-heat the oven to 350F degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter together then mix in eggs, evaporated milk and vanilla extract.

Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder together and combine the mixture into the wet ingredients.

These cookies are moist and fluffy and must be quite thick when they are put in the oven.  Roll the mixture out thick (1/2" to 1") and cut into circles.

Arrange the cookies on the cookie sheets with maybe a 1" space between them to allow for a little spread.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  The bottoms and sides of the cookies will be golden brown when the cookies are done.