How to make it

  • Beat shortening, eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, sugar and baking powder. Add to shortening mixture. Slowly stir in buttermilk.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 425 for 10 minutes.
  • These cookies are great plain with sugar sprinkled on top before baking. My nieces like them iced with Chocolate or Strawberry frosting (I use Betty Crocker). Mom likes them with the Coconut Pecan frosting for German Chocolate cake and Dad like them with a Lemon Curd buttercream frosting I make. Be creative!!

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  • luannec 5 months ago
    I grew up in central PA. I used to love the Harmes sugar cakes and I think Debbie-Jo's are very similar. Does this recipe turn out like those? I've tried making other sugar cookie recipes but the texture is not dense enough.
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    henrie ate it and said...
    Well I don't know what happened to my reply I surely didn't do it 39 years, 1 month ago LOL
    Anyway this recipe sounds good, you have my 5 and I'd love it if you would share your lemon curd frosting recipe also.
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    henrie ate it and said...
    Sounds good, did you post your lemon curd frosting recipe. Would love to have that also.
    You have my 5
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    gagagrits ate it and said...
    This is a great recipe. My husband is half Pennsylvania Dutch, I will make these, and let you know if he remembers them. Thanks
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  • krumkake 5 years ago
    Great post - I don't think I've seen a cookie recipe quite like this...sounds wonderful, and you know what a cookie addict I am! Thanks for a new one for me to try...Krum
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    lmgluvscats ate it and said...
    Oh great!! Because when looking through the old cookbooks we couldn't find that recipe! My sister and I are going to have a ball trying these out. Thank you so much!
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  • indicatorsrule1 5 years ago
    They do turn out soft and I sometimes sprinkle them with the big granular Kosher sugar. Makes them really sparkle. I really hope they are the cookies you remember from your youth.
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    lmgluvscats ate it and said...
    These sound like the big soft sugar cookies of my youth. My grandmother sprinkled a little sugar on them before baking them. Oh they were so good!! I hope I'm right. Do they come out this way?? - Linda
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