These were always the cookies we left for Santa and they also happened to be my dad’s favorite Christmas cookie. They were always the first ones baked too every year.
This is how I start and finish with the powdered sugar. I use my sifter and sift it over them when they immediately come out of the oven. I then roll them in the sugar after a few minutes out of the oven. They I sift a small amount of sugar over them again.
These are my dads favorite Christmas cookies and the ones we always left for Santa. He loves sandies also.
- 1 C. shortening
- 1/4 C. confectioner's sugar
- 2 t. vanilla
- 1 T. water
- 2 C. flour
- 1/2 C. chopped walnuts
- Confectionery sugar for coating
- Cream together sugar and shortening. Add vanilla and water. Mix in flour until well mixed. Stir in walnuts.
- Roll into a shape like a pecan. Bake at 325 degrees F. 10-12 minutes until bottoms are lightly browned.
- Quickly transfer to rack with wax paper under it. Have confectioner's sugar in a sifter and sprinkle over cookies. Dip bottoms in confectioner's sugar. Place cookies back on rack and lightly sift again. Cool.
- You can roll these in the sugar instead of the sifter if you like, you'll use less sugar but over the years I found that it works better for me to use the sifter and they look nicer.
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