There were nine children in our family and Mother had to stretch the budget, so she made these often for dessert. I loved them when I was a child, and they're still a special treat. In fact, I've never met anyone who doesn't like these cookies. They're so simple and quick to make.
- 1 cup shortening
- 1-3/4 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups self-rising flour
- In a bowl, cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir in flour; mix well.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls 2-1/2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Southern Tea Cakes in Country October/November 1992, p49
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