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Princess Gems


1 cup shortening (half Crisco, half margarine)
1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons ammonium carbonate (ground finely)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup grated angel flake coconut (packed)
powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients together. Roll into small balls. Space apart a good distance on your cookie sheet (these really spread). Bake at 300 degrees (F) for 20 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar when cooled.

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Reviews of Princess Gems:

1-4 of 4 reviews  

  Kay in Arizona  Dec 17, 2012
Would make this again.
have been making these for years and years. King Arthur Flour has ammonia carbonate; keep tighly sealed will be OK for a year or more. they are so good everyone is always asking for the recipe 5 stars

  Brendan in Woodbury, NJ  Oct 3, 2010
Would make this again.
They were excellent. I purchased Baker's Ammonium to try out for fun, these cookies made it totally worth wild. 1 batch goes a long way. They are light and delicious. Only downside is the Ammonium which make it's presents known while baking but disappears cooked. 5 stars

  Debbie in CA  Sep 19, 2008
Would make this again.
These cookies have been a traditional Christmas cookie in our family for generations. My mom and grandma both made them. My kids love them and so do I! The only problem I have is that it's hard to get the ammonium carbonate - I have to order it from the pharmacy. They are supposed to be very crumbly - it's the leavening agent that does that. I've tried making them with baking soda and baking powder, but they don't turn out right. 4 stars

  A cookie baker in Vancouver,WA  Dec 19, 2002
Would make this again.
I loved the tast of these Princess Gems, however some seemd very "crumbly" and hard to eat without getting crumbs all over. I will make them again, perhaps mixing longer and see if that improves this part. 4 stars

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