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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Servings: 3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening I used butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • cinnamon-sugar mixture 3 TBSP sugar + 2 TBSP cinnamon
  • Vanilla Swirl:
  • 2 TBSP melted butter
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
  • Mix the 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture, then spoon cinnamon-sugar mixture over each cookie, turning once and doing the same on the other side. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake 8 minutes exactly! Remove from oven and let cookies cool on the baking sheets for an additional 2 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Whisk all ingredients for vanilla swirl together in a small bowl. Let cool 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bag and snip the corner. Pipe glaze onto completely cooled cookies in the shape of a swirl.