This recipe has been in the family for four generations. When I got married, Mom made sure to pass this recipe along. For variation, I sometimes eliminate the raisins and sprinkle the tops with colored sugar or leave them plain and frost when cooled.
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluff. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (the dough will be very soft).
- Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Place a raisin in the center of each cookie. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 6-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Soft Sugar Cookies in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p28
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