This is a simple cookie but addictive. These cookies are so good dunked in coffee or milk.  Santa loves them left by the tree on Christmas eve with a tall glass of milk for dunkin!  He will dance around the tree and leave you lots of presents.  They are kind of like a shortbread cookie and a great snack anytime.

1/2 cup shortening (I use Crisco)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon evaporated milk (could use regular milk)
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine shortening, sugar, egg, vanilla extract and milk.  Mix well with mixer.  Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt and continue mixing until dough looks like large crumbs.  Make 1 inch balls and press down on sprayed cookie sheet with fork to flatten.  (Can sprinkle with colored sugar if making for Christmas)  Bake in preheated 400 degree oven until bottom and edges are brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies. Recipe can be doubled.  Enjoy!
You may also enjoy these shortbread cookies!
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  1. Karen McCausland says:

    This may be the single best cookie ever (& I’ve made a lot over the years)! I love them because they are so simple & easy. I have to admit the first time I made them I didn’t mix them as well as I should have & had trouble making the balls. I also over baked them by a minute or 2 (my timer had stuck & I didn’t realize it). The 2nd time I made them I creamed them well & things went much better. I baked them exactly 12 minutes turning the sheet around half way through & they were perfect! The second time I used a tsp. of double strength vanilla & added a little freshly grated nutmeg. I can’t say enough good things about this recipe. I think when I make them again I will double the recipe & maybe freeze some of them. I have made many of your recipes but I think this is my very favorite! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. Thanks for always making it a simple recipe with things that folks normally carry in their cabinet on an everyday’s so much easier to use what we have than to go buy a few new seasonings that we will only use once or twice a year..This way I get it cook it more often…lol

  3. I am going to get soooo fat reading your blog. I recently posted on my blog about my culinary adventures. You might get a kick out of it.

  4. Hi Judy…Just tried to email you, but it came bouncing back. Would you send me an email…so I can get address?

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