This is the very Snickerdoodles cookie recipe my grandma used when I would go visit her in Iowa over 30 years ago. I have fond memories of grabbing a couple of them out of the square Tupperware container she had and then going back for more (I dare you to eat just one!).
The Snickerdoodle is a super-frugal cookie because it doesn't require expensive chocolate chips or other “fancy” ingredients. In fact, most of the ingredients are things you already have in your pantry. The secret ingredient in my grandma's recipe was the lemon extract.
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 C. shortening (I use vegetable shortening)
2 3/4 C. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream sugar and shortening together. Add beaten eggs. Sift dry ingredients together and add to sugar mixture. Add vanilla and lemon extract. Chill dough in the refrigerator for one hour. Roll in 1″ balls. Dust in mixture of 2 Tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Bake for 12-15 minutes.