This is another one of those passed down cookie recipes, I am not sure what grandmother it came from but it is a wonderful cookie and worth sharing.
I use exactly what I was taught to use but I know some will use butter in place of the called for shortening, I am not sure how they will taste or come out.
Lets get started, you`ll need :
1 cup of soft shortening
1 cup of white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1 1/2 cups of self rising flour
Preheat oven to 375°
In a large mixing bowl ad the shortening and the sugar, mix well. Add the egg and the orange extract and mix well.
Add the flour a little at a time mixing with each addition.
With a teaspoon drop small balls of dough onto a cookie sheet, about two inches apart. With damp finger slightly mash the dough ball flat.
Bake around eight minutes or till edges are slightly golden brown.
Remove from cookie sheet and to a cooling rack. store in a ziploc container.
Makes four dozen cookies.
For Christmas I often will use colored sugar crystals but the cookie is sweet enough without extra sugar added.
By Andria Perry
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