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8 dozen

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of baking soda
  • 6 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • Milk or beaten egg
  • Sesame seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and 3 cups flour. Beat until well blended.
  3. Stir in remaining flour or enough to make a soft dough. Knead dough a few minutes. Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into pencil-like strands, about 5 inches long and less than ½ inch thick. Shape each strand into a circle, overlapping ends. May also roll pieces of dough into 7-inch stands, fold over, and twist into a rope.
  4. Place 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet. Brush with milk or beaten egg. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • from the Darby Family Recipe Files, Charleston, SC

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