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If you've been craving these old favorites and thought you may never have them again ... your wait is over! These cookies will fool any gluten eater and satisfy every craving. Caution: they're addictive!
Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat until combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk dry ingredients together: Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour; baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add to wet ingredient bowl and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
Cover tightly and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 400 F (static) or 375 F
Shape dough into 1-inch balls by rolling in the palms of your hands. Roll each ball in the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes, or until lightly browning and puffed. Remove to cool on a wire rack; the cookies will sink slightly in the middle when cooled – this is normal.
Yield: approximately 3 dozen cookies.