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Sugar Gems Recipe
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Sugar Gems Recipe

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If you don't have much luck with rolled sugar cookies, give these a try. Oil and confectioners' sugar give them a unique crispness.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 42 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Additional sugar or colored sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 170 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 61 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, oil and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls; dip tops in sugar or colored sugar. Place sugar side up 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Sugar Gems in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p69

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 170 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 61 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"I've made these many times. They're like an old fashioned sugar cookie. Yum!"

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Reviewed Oct. 30, 2008

"According to the Best of Country cookies cookbook it is 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar."

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Reviewed Feb. 13, 2008

"ingredients does not call for cream tarter, but directions does. what amount of cream?"

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