From Gramma Hoover's Recipes:

From Eloise Robitschek


Mix thoroughly:

1 C. soft shortening
1 1/2 C. sugar
2 eggs

Stir in:

2 2/3 C. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Chill dough. Roll into balls. Roll in mixture of 2 Tbl. sugar and 2 Tbl. cinnamon
Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake until lightly browned but still soft at 400F. 8-10 minutes.

They puff up at first, then flatten out.
Allow to cool a few minutes on the sheet before removing them to cooling racks.

Makes 5 doz. 2 inch cookies.

Snickerdoodles are comfort food. They really make you feel better about life when you have them fresh with a cup of hot tea in winter or a glass of cold milk in summer. They were a favorite of Gramma's and I'm sure she made them many, many times. Judging by whom she got the recipe from, I'd venture to guess that they were a part of the Hoover home for a long time. Mrs. Robitschek was a fellow missionary in East Africa.


Gramma always loved spring. The older she got the less she liked winter and the more she looked forward to its' passing. And, surely spring was something to look forward to at Gull Lake when the ice began to melt and the many trees started to bud out. The flowers would push their heads up in the garden between Gramma's house and the neighbor's, and the birds would increase their ceaseless activities. It was a treasure from the Lord to be savored with joy.


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