1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 tsp. of vanilla
1/4 cup of water or buttermilk
1 and 3/4 cups of flour (if using a self-rising flour, omit the soda and salt!)
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
Heat to 400 degrees
1. Mix shortening, sugar, vanilla, and eggs thoroughly. Stir in water (or buttermilk. I used water). Measure flour by dipping the measuring cup into flour and leveling off with spatula or straight edge knife.
2. Stir flour, soda, and salt together; blend into sugar mixture. Chill at least an hour.
3. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough about 2" apart on lightly greased baking sheet. (I did mine a bit too big the first time around, but I fixed it later.)
4. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly.
Makes about 36 cookies.
I'm very pleased with how they turned out! I actually want to cook, now.