These are great EASY cookies. My grandmother made them for years.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

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  • Cream together shortening and brown sugar. Add eggs and mix well.

  • Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Stir into mixture. Add flour, salt and cinnamon. Mix well.

  • Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheet. Bake 10 - 12 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

240.6 calories; 2.7 g protein; 30.4 g carbohydrates; 31 mg cholesterol; 271.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (33)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2003
I think this is a great recipe aside from the overwhelming taste of baking soda. I had to reduce it to 1/2 a tsp to get a normal tasting cookie... Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2008
It was an easy recipe. Not to crazy about all the shortening. Would make again but with butter instead of shortening. Read More
(12)
35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2003
I think this is a great recipe aside from the overwhelming taste of baking soda. I had to reduce it to 1/2 a tsp to get a normal tasting cookie... Read More
(35)
Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2003
I think this is a great recipe aside from the overwhelming taste of baking soda. I had to reduce it to 1/2 a tsp to get a normal tasting cookie... Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2005
Okay I took the advice of some of the other reviewers of this recipe and added a little less baking soda. WOW these cookies are amazing!! I added raisins and pecans because the cookies just seemed to ask for them! Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/22/2008
Good cookie - my adjustments: one egg instead of two only 1/2 tsp baking soda only 1/2 tbls water and I added 1 tsp vanilla I used oil instead of shortening and refrigerated for an hour before baking so they wouldn't run together. Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
05/10/2003
I made these for a women's retreat that I went to a few weeks ago. I left some at home for my husband and he couldn't stop eating them. I sent the leftovers home with my mom and my brothers & Dad loved them too. There was a faint taste of ginger in them but I don't know where it came from. Bottom line I'd definitely make them again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2008
It was an easy recipe. Not to crazy about all the shortening. Would make again but with butter instead of shortening. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2006
Reduced baking soda and loved the outcome. I liked that it wasn't overwhelmingly sweet and turned out being soft and a little fluffy. My husband just about ate the whole batch. Thanks for offering it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2007
After reading some of the reviews I reduced the baking soda to 1 tsp and also used only 1 egg. I added a tsp of almond extract and as I didn't have enough shortening I topped it off with margarine. The end result was pretty tasty. I made them for a play date and all the kids and moms really liked them. The did spread more than I had realized they were going to so my pan became one big cookie that I had to seperate but even so they were a soft chewy brown sugary delight. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2010
I added more brown sugar and I added some chocolate chips. I only used 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Wonderful cookies. Big hit with daughter. Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2004
This recipe was great and easy. After a first try they weren't quite right but then I added some almond extract to it and they really worked. The almond did not distract from the taste it added lots to it. When I make them I can barely keep them in the house they go so fast. Read More
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