I love this recipe. My mom made these when I was young. They are light, crispy and seem to melt in your mouth. Yum!

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix together the shortening, egg, and confectioners' sugar. Stir in vanilla, cream of tartar, salt, baking soda and flour. Mix well.

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  • Roll dough into 1 inch in diameter balls. Place on cookie sheet. Press down with a glass bottom dipped in sugar. ( I have also used cookie stamps dipped into sugar.)

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 10 minutes or just until edges are turning golden. Let cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.

Nutrition Facts

93.4 calories; 0.9 g protein; 8.7 g carbohydrates; 5.2 mg cholesterol; 69.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (31)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2005
This recipe is amazing! I didn't press the cookies flat with a glass dipped in sugar (I was out of granulated and needed some cookies QUICK) so I just pressed them lightly with my fingers. My family doesn't like really crisp cookies so I didn't press them too much. Anyway they turned out almost like Mexican Wedding Cakes- slightly sweet sugar cookies that melt in your mouth. YUM! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/22/2010
Dough too sticky even after refrigerating. Finished product too cake like fall apart easily. Not a keeper. Read More
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32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2005
This recipe is amazing! I didn't press the cookies flat with a glass dipped in sugar (I was out of granulated and needed some cookies QUICK) so I just pressed them lightly with my fingers. My family doesn't like really crisp cookies so I didn't press them too much. Anyway they turned out almost like Mexican Wedding Cakes- slightly sweet sugar cookies that melt in your mouth. YUM! Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2005
This recipe is amazing! I didn't press the cookies flat with a glass dipped in sugar (I was out of granulated and needed some cookies QUICK) so I just pressed them lightly with my fingers. My family doesn't like really crisp cookies so I didn't press them too much. Anyway they turned out almost like Mexican Wedding Cakes- slightly sweet sugar cookies that melt in your mouth. YUM! Read More
(24)
Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2007
i love these cookies! they are moist and flavorful. i couldn't give it five stars however because i had to alter it a bit. it needed more powdered sugar more salt more vanilla and i used a bit of granulated sugar for texture and butter instead of shortening. but with all the changes made they came out perfectly. you have to take them out right before they start to brown though and i refridgerated the dough for about an hour and a half before rolling them which made it A LOT easier. i'd recommend pressing them down just a bit instead of putting them in the oven as balls because you get a better sense of how much they will spread and they come out a little bigger. will be using the changed recipe to make holiday cookies again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2003
This was delicious. I have an allergic daughter and have lost my original recipe but this one is very close to it. I subbed for the eggs w/an egg replacer and used Fleishman's unsalted margarine instead of butter flavored shortening. We make cut-out hearts and decorated w/sprinkles for her Valentines Day party. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2007
FINALLY!!! The cookie recipe I've been searching for forever! I've tried so many recipes and this is THE ONE. Made perfect melt in your mouth bakery quality amazing cookies. No burnt bottoms and spread perfectly! I'm so happy!!THANK YOU!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2007
Wow I just made these and they are wonderful and SOFT. I rolled into balls and flatten then with my hand add deco sugar and bake. These are a hit..you can also use other flavoring like almond lemon etc if you want a different taste. I use homemade vanilla extract...5 stars for this winner!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2007
oh these cookies are heavenly! thanks for the melt-in-your-mouth recipe. they will be amazing too with some homemade buttercream icing... i followed the recipe exactly! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2010
These roll out and cut well! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2005
My 3 yr old son wanted to make sugar cookies for his halloween party. This recipe was easy for him to roll the balls. And they tasted great! Melt in your mouth!;p Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2010
Dough too sticky even after refrigerating. Finished product too cake like fall apart easily. Not a keeper. Read More
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