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Aunt Nelda's Sugar Cookies

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“This is my great aunt's famous sugar cookie recipe! They're her signature, and she brings them to every family gathering. I know there are a ton of other sugar cookie recipes on Zaar, but I didn't see any quite like this. They're scrumptious! She told me she got them from The Good Housekeeping Cookbook, Hearst Magazines, 1949. The prep time does not include time to chill overnight, and the serving size is an estimate!”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Measure 3/4 cup sugar into a large bowl.
  2. Add oil and stir until well blended.
  3. Break eggs into small bowl and beat well with egg beater.
  4. Stir, with vanilla flavoring, into shortening mixture.
  5. Measure sifted flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt into a flour sifter; sift into a medium bowl.
  6. Gradually add flour mixture to shortening mixture, beating with a spoon after each addition.
  7. Chill bowl of cookie dough overnight, or until dough can be easily handled.
  8. Drop dough by FULL teaspoonsful onto greased cookie sheets.
  9. Sprinkle with granulated sugar (Omit sugar if cookies will be frosted).
  10. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass.
  11. Bake in 350 degree F oven 10-12 minutes or until done.
  12. Remove from oven and with broad spatula and slide at once onto rack to cool.
  13. NOTE: For cut-out cookies, roll to 1/8” thickness on lightly-floured board.
  14. Cookies will be harder than the drop cookies--use flour sparingly.
  15. This dough may also be rolled, chilled, and sliced like refrigerator cookies.

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