~WASH THEM DOWN with AN ICY COLD GLASS OF OLD-FASHIONED LEMONADE ...
BIG FAT BUTTERMILK SUGAR COOKIES
(make a double batch ~ these are gobbled up fast!)
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 cup buttermilk
Cream shortening and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs. Beat well. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk in 3 separate portions. Spray cookie sheet with Pam. Drop dough from tablespoon to make large cookies (these should not be small). Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for ten minutes (watch closely).
Make a simple syrup of 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water. Boil 5 minutes. Chill. To each 1/4 cup of simple syrup, add 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice. Dilute with ice cold water to taste. Serve over ice garnished with a sprig of mint dusted with powdered sugar.