“Another classic cookie recipe, and one of my son, Tom’s favorites.” – Calla Ferre

“My brother, Tom, would always beat my Chocolate Chip Cookies in the Giant Cookie class in the Santa Cruz County Fair with this recipe.” – April Ferre


Course: Cookies


  • 3 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Margarine or Butter Softened
  • 1 Cup Shortening
  • 4 Eggs
  • 5 1/2 All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 6 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 4 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix 3 cups sugar, margarine, shortening and eggs. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; blend into creamed mixture. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls.
  • Mix 6 tablespoons sugar and 4 teaspoons cinnamon. Roll balls in mixture to coat.
  • Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until set, 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately remove to wire racks. Makes 6 dozen cookies. Recipe may be halved.


If using self-rising flour, omit cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.

1995 Recipe – Thomas Ferre – From Gold Metal Century of Success Cookbook , 1979