I'm not even sure if these really are a specifically American cookie, but all of my friends in London have decided that it is, and they make them to celebrate the 4th of July! Wherever they're from, they're delicious. I don't even know where I got the recipe, but I like it because they're nice and chewy, and very good too!
what you will need
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening or margarine
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flower
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp white sugar (for rolling)
2 tsp ground cinnamon (for rolling)
Preheat your oven to 400F (200C). Cream together the butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
At this point I usually stick the dough in the freezer and just take out a little at a time. When it's super cold like that it makes it a lot easier to roll the balls without making a huge mess. Mix the cinnamon and sugar for rolling in a bowl, and drop the rolled balls of dough into the bowl 1 or 2 at a time, rolling them around until they're covered in cinnamon sugar. Place 2 inches apart on un-greased baking sheets and bake until just set but not hard, about 10 minutes. Remove from the baking sheets immediately, and enjoy!