A fond memory I have is the special after school snack my Mom would fix. She would bake a batch of my Grandma's Angel Cookies and have them just coming out of the oven when we got home. One step into the house, and we knew what my Mom had been up to. A fresh pot of hot tea and a plate of freshly baked Angel Cookies. It couldn't get any better than that. Mom also made "special" Angel cookies at Christmas. She would dip the rolled dough into green, red or white sugar, to make the cookies look more festive! Some things never change. To this day, I make the cookies the same way!
Put 1/4 cup of white or colored sugar* onto a small plate or in a small bowl and set aside.
*NOTE: Instead of using purchased colored sugar, a few drops of food coloring can be added to the sugar and mixed with a fork. While you're making the cookie dough, the sugar will dry out a bit. Just stir it with the fork and it should be ok for later use.
2CREAM brown sugar, white sugar and shortening (or butter) together until smooth
3ADD egg and vanilla, beating well
4SIFT together and add flour, baking soda and cream of tartar and add to the sugar mixture.
5MIX until well blended.
NOTE: If dough is too dry, add milk - one tablespoon at a time until it softens just a bit.
6ROLL into one-inch balls
~ My Grandkids loved to start helping at this point ~ If you have little ones, they might too!
7PRESS gently into reserved portion of the sugar
8PLACE onto ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and BAKE 8 - 10 minutes
9COOL for about one minute on cookie sheet then transfer to cooling rack or wax paper.
~ You don't have to wait until they are completely cooled before eating them ~ ENJOY!