This recipe was from my aunt and I've had it for a good 30 years now. It's not a good recipe to use for cookie cutter sort of cookies but for good plain round cookies, it's delicious. The cream of tarter adds such a tenderness to the cookies - a cornstarch sort of effect. Be sure to use both the shortening and butter. Shortening adds crispness and butter adds the wonderful flavor.
Oh, and this recipe makes quite a few cookies!
Ingredients:1-1/2 cups butter
1-1/2 cups shortening
1-1/2 cups white sugar
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Cream butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients, add to creamed mixture; mix to blend.
2 Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Dip in regular or colored sugar or decorator sprinkles. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a water glass.
3 Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12
Larger cookies bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.