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Sugar Gems Recipe

Sugar Gems Recipe

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 YIELD:42 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 170 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein .

Reviews for Sugar Gems

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Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

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

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2008

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

carolyne greenough
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2008

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

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