Here's the recipe that I got from my mother.

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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 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).

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the shortening and 1 1/2 cups of white sugar until smooth. Stir in the eggs one at a time, blending well after each. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; stir into the batter until blended.

  • Roll the dough into balls the size of small walnuts. Roll in a mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned, but still soft.

Nutrition Facts

149.7 calories; protein 1.6g 3% DV; carbohydrates 19.8g 6% DV; fat 7.3g 11% DV; cholesterol 12.4mg 4% DV; sodium 66.3mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2009
I followed most of the recipe except used unsalted butter instead of shortening. The dough was very easy to handle-almost like playdoh consistency! I used a plastic spoon to scrape out each portion before balling up and rolling into the cinnamon/sugar coating. It was a surprisingly quick process. The first time I made these I just dipped the top of the dough into the cinnamon/sugar spice coating - a quicker process yet, but rolling the entire ball into the coating gives the cookie better taste (well worth the trouble). Just tried this recipe again, but I only made half the batch. For this I still used butter instead of shortening. I added half tsp. vanilla and only half tsp. cream of tartar. Using a plastic melon baller I scooped up ~ tbsp. of dough, rolled in cin/sug mixture, then slightly flattened on cookie sheet (using bottom of a custard bowl). I baked @ 375F for 9 minutes (as per another reviewer's direction). The cookies baked up in the classic form; slightly flattened with the rough, crackly texture. I got 3 dozen beautifully goldened, cinnamon-speckled cookies. I think that adding less cream of tartar got the dough to flatten out more (instead of the "dough ball" look) while baking. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/18/2006
don't know what happened but my cookies came out the same way they looked when we put them in balls of dough but they were baked through... we think it's b/c of the spleda we used.. Read More
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544 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 385
  • 4 star values: 110
  • 3 star values: 29
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2009
I followed most of the recipe except used unsalted butter instead of shortening. The dough was very easy to handle-almost like playdoh consistency! I used a plastic spoon to scrape out each portion before balling up and rolling into the cinnamon/sugar coating. It was a surprisingly quick process. The first time I made these I just dipped the top of the dough into the cinnamon/sugar spice coating - a quicker process yet, but rolling the entire ball into the coating gives the cookie better taste (well worth the trouble). Just tried this recipe again, but I only made half the batch. For this I still used butter instead of shortening. I added half tsp. vanilla and only half tsp. cream of tartar. Using a plastic melon baller I scooped up ~ tbsp. of dough, rolled in cin/sug mixture, then slightly flattened on cookie sheet (using bottom of a custard bowl). I baked @ 375F for 9 minutes (as per another reviewer's direction). The cookies baked up in the classic form; slightly flattened with the rough, crackly texture. I got 3 dozen beautifully goldened, cinnamon-speckled cookies. I think that adding less cream of tartar got the dough to flatten out more (instead of the "dough ball" look) while baking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2006
These are very traditional snickerdoodles. The only thing I do differently is to dip the tops in the cinn/sugar rather that roll the whole cookie in it. This way, the sigar doesn't burn on the bottom of the cookie. I also do this with molasses crinkles. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2006
Awesome recipe! I changed a few things... used 1 cup butter instead of shortening. I baked them at 375 for 9 min. PERFECT! Great texture and not too sweet! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2007
I have been making this recipe for years. I love it with coffee tastes like cinnamon coffee cake. If you do not want the cookie crispy simply omit or cut down on the cream of tartar. I like mine chewy so I omit the cream of tartar Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2005
I didn't have margarine so I used all butter. I also ran out of vanilla. But these cookies turned out so good!! I took them out of the oven at 8 minutes while they're still soft but firmed up and became chewy once cooled. The only thing I'll change is to cut down a little on the sugar. Will definately make them again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2006
This is a fantastic Snickerdoodle recipe! Everyone who tastes them absolutely LOVES them and there are never any leftovers. At work I always have to bring them when we have a luncheon. I cook them at 375 for 8 minutes so they are soft and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2005
This recipe was awsome! Very easy to make. Only downside is mixing shortening with sugar! That's a big workout. My mixer splashes it everywhere so I have to do it by hand. I have made these cookies about 5 times. All 5 times have been wonderful! Friends and family request it often!! It's a great Christmas cookie. I hope you try and enjoy it as much as I do!!:) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/18/2006
don't know what happened but my cookies came out the same way they looked when we put them in balls of dough but they were baked through... we think it's b/c of the spleda we used.. Read More
(31)
Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2007
This is a very good recipe. I am in college and the first time I made these snickerdoodles I let almost everyone in my hall know...well they went instantly so I kept them to just my roomates the 2nd time so we would enjoy more of these for ourselves. They were still finished the very next day! I decided to add a picture here of my snickerdoodles. The only thing preventing me from giving this recipe 5 stars is that they are not very fluffy but still very good. Read More
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