This recipe is well over 50 years old. It is a winner, easy to make, and very tasty! They are great to eat just out of the oven, and they also store well for the late night munchies. If you make them I guarantee that you will be back in the kitchen soon to whip up another batch. They do not last long if you have kids at home…even big kids aged in the 40’s!
When I was a boy these cookies became my favorite, and no Christmas season would be complete without several batches being made. This year I made some for Thanksgiving, and more baking this month means that friends are going to be getting cookie tins with these inside. And everybody gets the recipe, so the tradition of these gems continues.
Every year at about this time I called my mom and asked if she had done any baking yet. I always seemed to call before the cookies were made, but soon thereafter they were always in the cupboard where they had been placed since I was in the third grade. If they can leave a memory like that in a 45 year old, it must mean they are good!
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 cups shortening
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp. cream of tarter
2 tsp. baking soda
4 cups flour
Mix sugar and shortening. Add eggs and beat. Add flavoring. Add dry ingredients. Shape into balls the size of a walnut and roll in colored sugars. (As the years went along my mom at times left this out, and it did not detract from the yummyness. I also recall that as a boy my mom placed the sugars on the cookies midway through the baking process.) Place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. (Not the non-stick kind.) Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
As the recipe notes it “Makes a pretty Christmas cookie.”