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Catholic Recipe: Plain Cookies


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Prep Time: 1 hour

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Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+



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On Christmas there must be quantities of just plain cookies. Here is the Trapp family recipe.

The Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle was traditionally on December 21. Although the feast is now moved the July 3rd, this day still marks in Europe many customs, and also marks the final countdown for baking and cleaning for Christmas.


Sift flour, baking powder, and cream of tartar. Cream shortening. Add sugar gradually, beating until fluffy. Add egg. Beat well. Then gradually add the flour mixture and flavoring. Roll into small balls. Set 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet. Flatten. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 400┬░ F. about 10 to 12 minutes.

Recipe Source: Around the Year with the Trapp Family by Maria Augusta Trapp, Pantheon Books Inc., New York, New York, 1955