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Sugar Gems

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

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 King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Additional sugar or colored sugar

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Sugar Gems (continued)

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.