Drop Sugar Cookies by Julie Vision in the Kitchen

Drop Sugar Cookies (Yield - 3-4 dozen cookies)

2 cups white sugar (plus extra for topping)

1 cup shortening

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup buttermilk

1 heaping teaspoon baking soda

5 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

Optional: Food Coloring

Step #1 - Preheat oven to 357* F.

Step #2 - Using a mixer, beat together the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and shortening until fluffy.

Step #3-  In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt and soda.  If you are planning to use food coloring, add it to your buttermilk now. This will help it mix in to the batter well.

Step #4 - Add the flour mixture to the shortening mixture 1/2 cup at a time, alternating with the butter milk. Mix until smooth, but try not to over beat the batter. (They will go flat if the batter is over beaten)

Step #5 - Drop spoonfuls of batter, approximately 1 tablespoon in size,  onto a well greased or parchment covered baking sheet.

Step #6 - Fill one small bowl (or mug) with water and one with sugar.  Dip a glass first in the water, then in the sugar so that the bottom is nicely coated in sugar. Flatten the top of each cookie with the sugar covered glass so that each cookie-top is coated in sugar.

Step #7 - Bake for 8-10 minutes until only set and only golden around the bottom edges. Do not over bake.