The classic, the favorite, the retro cookie that everyone loves:
1 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
Heat oven to 400. (mod. hot). Mix shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and egg thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. Blend flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt; stir in. Shape dough in 1 ” balls. Roll in mixture of 2 tbsp. sugar and cinnamon. Place 2″ apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 min. These cookies puff up at first, then flatten out. Makes 6 doz. cookies.
Note: If you use self-rising flour, omit cream of tartar, soda, and salt.