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Snickerdoodles


Snickerdoodles have long been a family-favorite at our house. This is a recipe given to me by my grandmother on my mom's side. Mattie Evans, the heroine in Snow Melts in Spring likes to bake and this is one of her recipes, too. (You will also find this recipe in the back of my first book.)

1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

In medium sized bowl, mix shortening, sugar and eggs until soft. Sift together remaining ingredients in separate bowl and add to shortening mixture. Chill dough for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon and set aside. Form cookie dough into walnut-sized balls and dip tops into sugar mixture. Place 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly brown but still soft. These cookies puff up first, then flatten out with crinkled tops. Makes 4 dozen. Hope you enjoy them!

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