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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 7 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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


  • 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.
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  • danielleylee
    Sep 19, 2016

    I used this recipe for a cookie bar. I had these cookies plated with butter cream frosting and fresh blackberries, kiwi, and red raspberries. My party built little cookie sandwiches. Everyone loved these cookies. I cut the recipe in half since it mentioned it yields 7 dozen. However when I cut the recipe in half and used a size # 60 scoop the recipe only yielded 18 cookies. Next time I will make the recipe as noted. The only thing I kept the same was I still used 1 tsp of vanilla. These cookies had the perfect texture, soft, chewing and sturdy for the frosting.

  • nancianciolo
    Oct 22, 2009

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

  • b_layman_32
    Oct 30, 2008

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

  • carolyne greenough
    Feb 13, 2008

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