These will freeze well for several months.

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Ingredients

42
Original recipe yields 42 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla together in large bowl. Stir flour, salt, and baking soda together in a separate bowl. Blend dry ingredients in with the shortening mixture. Mix thoroughly with hands.

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  • Divide dough into 3 parts; shape into cylinders, 1 1/2 inches in diameter and about 7 inches long. Roll in colored sugar (or use finely chopped nuts instead). Chill for several hours or overnight.

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Cut into 1/4 inch slices, and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool.

Nutrition Facts

104.1 calories; 1.2 g protein; 13.2 g carbohydrates; 8.9 mg cholesterol; 73.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2008
The first recipe I've taken the time to rate because it's PHENOMINAL! I'm such a picky cookie maker and this recipe makes the most wonderful shortbread cookie I've ever tasted. I made some for my Dad, who is a huge fan of those store bought shortbread cookies, and he called me up after I dropped them off and said it was THEE best cookie he's ever tasted. Better yet, they are so simple to make and you probably have all the ingredients on hand. Thanks for sharing this recipe that will be sure to be part of my cookie trays for years to come!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/10/2019
I'm not sure what will come out of it, but I just finished making the dough and... it's so soft, cake-like, with no way of rolling and shaping it at all. Most probably won't make it again, maybe as cake because it's very easy but no way to use it as cookies. ?? Read More
36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2008
The first recipe I've taken the time to rate because it's PHENOMINAL! I'm such a picky cookie maker and this recipe makes the most wonderful shortbread cookie I've ever tasted. I made some for my Dad, who is a huge fan of those store bought shortbread cookies, and he called me up after I dropped them off and said it was THEE best cookie he's ever tasted. Better yet, they are so simple to make and you probably have all the ingredients on hand. Thanks for sharing this recipe that will be sure to be part of my cookie trays for years to come!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2010
Very good recipe! I divided the dough into 3 parts and shaped into logs then used 3 different coatings 1 was colored sugar 1 was finely chopped pecans and 1 was cinnamon sugar. All were very tasty but out of the 3 I really liked the ones with pecans the best. I also melted some chocolate to drizzle over after they had cooled using chocolate chips with a little peanutbutter for the pecans and cinnamon ones and white chocolate chips with a little butter for the colored sugar ones. Made for a very nice presentation and these seemed to be a hit by all! Thank you for this recipe I will be making them again and actually thinking of making some up to send my my niece for Valentines Day that will be fun to decorate and they are a cookie that holds up well with time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2009
Simple & delicious. For intermediate bakers this is the perfect base recipe to make your own changes. For example I replaced some of the flour with oatmeal and finely chopped walnuts and it turned out beautifully. I like slicing only about 6 or 8 cookies to bake at a time so that they are always oven-fresh when I need them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
A classic and just what I was looking for to make LOTS of tea cookies for an upcoming event. I substituted 1 cup hi-maize flour for one of the all-purpose cups made one batch with 1/2 tsp lemon oil 1 tsp vanilla and another with almond extract instead of vanilla and rolled all in colored sugars or finely chopped pecans. All turned out perfectly. I rolled one vanilla-flavored log in cocoa and it was a little bitter so will work on this option maybe adding sugar to the cocoa powder. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2009
These were so simple to make but so yummy! They reminded me of an old fashion cookie that my grandmother would have made. The ingrediants were ones you always have on hand. These would be good for someone just learning to bake. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2008
Easy and inexpensive. They taste good too with lots of vanilla. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2010
These were both easy and quick to make. They turned out wonderfully and all the ingredients are ones most people would have on hand. I will be making these regularly!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2011
more of a shotbread Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2011
Really good cookies easy to make and came out really good. After cutting I dipped the top in cinnamon and sugar before cooking instead of rolling in sugar before refrigerating. I only got 5 dozen but i also made them a little on the big side and ate some dough myself. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/10/2019
I'm not sure what will come out of it, but I just finished making the dough and... it's so soft, cake-like, with no way of rolling and shaping it at all. Most probably won't make it again, maybe as cake because it's very easy but no way to use it as cookies. ?? Read More