Here's the recipe that I got from my mother.
INGREDIENTS (for 3 servings):
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Mix the shortening and 1 1/2 cups of sugar together, thoroughly. Add the eggs and mix well.
Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the shortening/sugar/egg mixture.
Roll the dough into balls the size of small walnuts. Roll in a mixture of 2 T sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon.
Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned, but still soft.