These are one of my favourite cookies ever! I can only explain the flavour as being like those yellow cookies you get at a Chinese restaurant ... not the fortune cookies, the round yellow ones. These are SO good! I use a small cookie scoop but you can make them bigger. If you like crisp cookies, then you need to make these! Even if you don't like crisp cookies, you still need to make these! I'm always looking for chewy cookies, but I really love these!
Makes about 40 cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar for decoration
Preheat the oven to 400F and place rack one level above the centre.
In a large bowl, cream together butter, shortening, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, and stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; beat into the creamed mixture.
Use a small cookie scoop to make balls. Roll the balls in sugar and place them on to baking sheets about 2" apart. Flatten slightly with your hand.
Bake for 7-8 minutes or until they start to turn golden. Cool on wire racks.
Tip: The original recipe called for a higher oven temperature but I followed the recipe with the first batch and they burned. I lowered the temperature and raised the rack a notch and they were perfect.
Adapted from allrecipes.com.