• Yield 72 pieces

This cookie is a favorite for kids and adults alike.


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 -- eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Cream the butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar and the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  Add the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt and mix well.  Chill if the dough is too sticky to handle.  Shape into balls.  Roll the dough balls in a mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon.  Arrange on a light cookie sheet.  Bake at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes.  Remove to a wire rack to cool completley.  You may use a dark cookie sheet, but reduce the oven temperature to 325F.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Tyler Texas, Inc. Ring Around the Rosie, A Collection of Children’s Recipes (Tyler, Tx., 2007).




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