These were my favorite cookies as a child. Grandma always had a fresh batch ready and waiting for our visits. Unfortunately, she didn't write the recipe down, but after many yummy iterations, this is as close as I can get. Drizzle cookies with sugar cookie glaze.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
48 cookies
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease baking sheets.

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  • Beat shortening and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat 1 egg into the shortening mixture until completely blended. Add the second egg and vanilla to shortening mixture; beat to combine.

  • Stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg together in a bowl; beat into the shortening mixture in small amounts, alternately with the sour cream. Blend water into the dough.

  • Drop dough by tablespoonful onto prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 6 to 7 minutes. Cool cookies on the baking sheets for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

74 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 9.7g 3% DV; fat 3.4g 5% DV; cholesterol 9.9mg 3% DV; sodium 53.1mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2014
It's a divine version of old-fashioned tea cakes and so delicious! Thanks Guinevere and Grandma Lulu. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/03/2014
The taste is good but not pleased with instructions. Would recommend using a piping bag or a baggie with the corner cut off. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2014
It's a divine version of old-fashioned tea cakes and so delicious! Thanks Guinevere and Grandma Lulu. Read More
(3)
Rating: 2 stars
12/03/2014
The taste is good but not pleased with instructions. Would recommend using a piping bag or a baggie with the corner cut off. Read More