These are very tender cookies. Should you want to alter them for a later date add different flavor extracts. I got this recipe years ago when I was a girl scout.

Recipe Summary

prep:
1 day
cook:
8 mins
total:
1 day
Servings:
66
Yield:
5 1/2 dozen
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Ingredients

66
Original recipe yields 66 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and 1 1/2 cups sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Cover dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll the balls in the remaining sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 8 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven, or until just barely golden. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

68 calories; protein 0.7g 1% DV; carbohydrates 9g 3% DV; fat 3.3g 5% DV; cholesterol 5.6mg 2% DV; sodium 30.7mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2003
These were great. Very basic very simple to make and easy to eat. I used vanilla but will try almond and maybe maple soon. These are a good no frills cookie jar everyday cookie and so simple to get done there is no reason they should not be a staple. Husband and kids all loved them. Thank you! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/07/2008
Nice dough, easy to work with and keeps its shape well during baking. Unfortunately, these were way too sweet for my taste, even before I glazed them. Be sure to eat these with a tall glass of milk, reduce the sugar a bit, or simply move on to another recipe that is not as sweet. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 62
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
11/07/2008
Nice dough, easy to work with and keeps its shape well during baking. Unfortunately, these were way too sweet for my taste, even before I glazed them. Be sure to eat these with a tall glass of milk, reduce the sugar a bit, or simply move on to another recipe that is not as sweet. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/22/2004
I was very excited about this recipe but after trying it I'm afraid all I can give it is 3 stars and I'm only giving it that because with some tinkering it can be fixed. I followed it to a tee. but got a very flat greasy cookie. I think it needs either less shortening or more flour. I thought with the amount of baking powder called for it would be a "puffier" cookie. Also my oven is right on as far as temperature goes and I had to add at least 5 more minutes to the cooking time in order to get cookies that were even remotely done. On the positive side the large amount of extract makes the cookies very flavorable. As I said with some adjustments this recipe have good potential. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2003
These were great. Very basic very simple to make and easy to eat. I used vanilla but will try almond and maybe maple soon. These are a good no frills cookie jar everyday cookie and so simple to get done there is no reason they should not be a staple. Husband and kids all loved them. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2009
This is a great easy recipe. I just made these with my 2 yr old and they turned out fabulous. I scaled the recipe in half and followed all directions exactly. They are sweet but I don't think too sweet. You could always cut back on the sugar if you want. I would add 1/4 cup more flour next time since I live at high altitude. They would be great with different extracts. I would love to try lemon or orange. I used a tablespoon sized scoop and had to cook them about 12 minutes. I do think these cookies would be too sweet with a glaze on top using the sugar or sprinkles was perfect for me. I can't stop eating them! EDITED 6 hrs after initial review to change from 4 to 5 stars. I can't stop eating these they really are very very good. I will have to make them again in a few days. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2008
Because I was running short on time I was looking for a sugar cookie that I didn't have to roll out. So instead of my usual recipe I decided to try this one. Besides my children said they preferred a softer cookie. My daughter took one bite and said 'Now this is what a sugar cookie should taste like'. Instead of rolling them into balls I used a scoop which wasn't as messy as having to roll them by hand and much quicker. I also used 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. almond extract. The only other change I would make is to decrease the sugar. Even my kids agreed it was too sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2010
These are fabulous!!! I used all butter instead of shortening and used tsps of rum extract in lieu of the vanilla. These are so very good!! Really easy too!! Thank you for posting!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2009
I made this recipe several times now. They're just pefect. Gave them as gift too and received ooohs and aaahs! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
Quick easy & versatile recipe. Scaled recipe down by half and opted not to wait the 1 hour for the dough to chill. Instead I did drop cookies. Had to bake them for about 12-13 minutes though - my advice is just keep an eye out for them to turn just barely golden brown on top. I opted not to roll the cookies in sugar instead I sprinkled either cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice over the top as they came out of the oven. Turned out perfect. Will definitely be making again and I plan on trying the recipe with different extracts or spices. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2009
Very good! No need for frosting they are VERY sweet if you roll them in sugar like it says to do. I also rolled half of mine in a cinnamon-sugar mix and that added a nice touch. Nice and soft if you don't bake them too long. Read More
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