About the Recipe
3 cups all-purpose white flour
2 tablespoons sugar
4 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon cream of tartar
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ cup shortening
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt into bowl.
Cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Add egg and milk to flour mixture all at once, stirring just enough with fork to make a soft dough that sticks together.
Turn onto a liberally floured surface and knead gently 15 times (and NOT ONE KNEAD MORE – really, it will make it tough).
Roll to 1-inch thickness.
Cut with floured 2-inch cutter and place about 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 450° F for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes 16.