They are a very old-fashioned Southern cookie that my mother used to make.  They are probably the easiest cookies to make, bar none!


  1. 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  2. 1 ½ cups sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. ½ teaspoon vanilla
  5. 2 ¾ cups flour
  6. 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  7. 1 teaspoons baking soda
  8. ¼ teaspoon salt
  9. 3 tablespoons sugar
  10. 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper 

  1. Bring butter to room temperature.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla for about 1 minute, until well blended.
  3. Combine flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt and add to the bowl.
  4. Mix well scraping the bowl and blending as needed.
  5. Mix the 3 tablespoons of sugar with the cinnamon in a small bowl.
  6. Shape dough by rounded teaspoons and drop in the sugar mixture to coat.
  7. Place dough about 2”apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes until cookies are set and have a “cracked” appearance on top.
  9. Remove immediately onto cookie rack & cool.  Cookies will be crisp, not chewy, with a golden brown appearance.

Yield:  4 dozen cookies

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