Bear's Anecdote - Years ago, Bear's mother sent Jodie and Bear a box of recipes. Here is one from the box.
1/2 c. brown sugar, well packed
1/2 c. white sugar
1 c. shortening
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour, sifted
OK. The recipe was very unspecific at this point. It assumed the reader made cookies before. I won't assume, so I'll try to fill in the blanks by guessing.
In a large bowl, cream together sugars and shortening.
In a separate container, sift together baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and flour.
Add beaten eggs and vanilla to sugar/shortening mix, and mix well.
Slowly add flour mix to mixing bowl.
Roll dough into balls.
Dip one side of balls into sugar.
Place balls onto cookie sheet, sugar side up.
Press a nut into the top of each ball.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes.
Immediately remove cookies from sheet to prevent bottom burning.
A note about cookie sheets: Cookie recipes always do better when using VERY shiny aluminum cookie sheets. Shiny aluminum cookie sheets do not accept or transmit heat as well as oxidized ones. So, the bottoms of the cookies are a bit more protected from the direct heat of the oven burners. Dull, oxidized cookie sheets will lead to cookies with burnt undersides. Bear has not had much luck with steel cookie sheets, either.