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Dad's Favorite Snickerdoodles

1 12 cups sugar
12 cup margarine (I usually use Imperial)
12 cup shortening (Crisco)
2 eggs
2 34 cups all-purpose flour (omit cream of tartar,salt and baking soda if using self rising flour)
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
14 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons vanilla
2 tablespoons sugar (approx to roll balls in)
1 tablespoon cinnamon (to mix with sugar topping)


Heat oven to 400 degrees. In small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon for topping mix. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, the margarine, shortening, vanilla and eggs. I find the texture of the cookies best if I stick to this margarine/shortening ratio. Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Mix thoroughly into wet mixture (eggs/butter, etc). Shape into balls- I usually make a heaping teaspoonful-depends on your preference. Roll tops of balls into sugar/cinnamon mixture to coat. Place approximately 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes until set. Remove cookies immediately from sheet to rack to cool. TIP- I find best results also when I refrigerate the dough/balls between batches until they are baked. This keeps them from spreading out as much. ENJOY! ;).

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