christmas cookie

Shannon's Snickerdoodles
Submitted by Shannon Thames - Missouri City
2¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon fine salt
½ cup shortening
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
1½ cups sugar, plus 3 tablespoons
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl.
With a handheld or standing mixer, beat together the shortening and butter. Add the 1½ cups sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture and blend until smooth.
Mix the 3 tablespoons sugar with the cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll the dough, by hand, into 1½-inch balls. Roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar. Flatten the balls into ½-inch thick disks, spacing them evenly on unlined cookie sheets.
Bake until light brown, but still moist in the center, about 12 minutes. Cool on a rack.