This is another recipe from Grandma’s file that came from me!! I really don’t remember where this recipe came from, but again, I’m honored that Grandma kept it – that means it’s a good one! Now that I think about it, I may have entered these Fairy Cookies in the county fair once I was in 4-H (of course I did baking/cooking as one of my subjects!). Look how old it is – I wasn’t very good at handwriting yet when I started making these. I bet I was still in grade school. Even back then I was always baking or cooking something. My mom kept her cookbooks in the bottom drawer in the kitchen and I would sit on the floor and look through each and every one. I loved to look at and read cookbooks! My favorite one had a theme of “magic”. All of the recipes were named something having to do with magic and magic tricks. It was a thin one, more like a pamphlet. I wish I had that one now, but at some point I’m sure it had to go. My sister and I both have a little problem with our collections of recipes and cookbooks! The obsession over cookbooks is ridiculous. I need to cut back or I’ll have to build wall to wall bookshelves in the kitchen!
This recipe really couldn’t be any easier!
Here is the recipe as I made it:
1 cup shortening (I used butter)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix all together.
Roll in balls.
Roll in colored sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Get your colored sugars ready before you’re ready to roll. You can use these for any holiday – just change the color of the sugar. It would be fun to make these in school colors or favorite team colors, too.
I didn’t use my scoop for these because I thought they’d be too big. I did get them surprisingly even in size.
You can see that they’re a bit of a flat cookie.
They’re crackle-topped and sugary and delicious!
Make a stack of these for your next celebration. Another idea – put a small scoop of ice cream between two of these and refreeze!!
These are great for having with your afternoon coffee, great for picnics, and great anytime. I’ve been making these a VERY long time. You will, too, when you see how easy and how tasty they are!