Grandma's Orange Crispies

This is a new recipe to me, but one that has been out for a few years. Bettie is fond of crispy cookies so we decided to try it. The recipe calls for orange extract, which I had on hand and I did add a small amount of fresh orange zest to add some fresh flavor to them. Next time, I will cut back on the extract and add more orange zest.
  The recipe is right as written. There is no baking powder or baking soda in the recipe.
The recipe calls for shortening not butter or margarine and I would not substitute for it. I think they would be too greasy.
I was a little leery of that, but they puffed up and then flattened out. They do not spread a lot, and are soft when they come out of the oven. Leave on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing to cool.
  The cookies are light, crispy and a perfect cookie to have with a cup of tea.
  Grandma’s Orange Crispies
Prep 15 minutes         Bake 10 minutes per batch
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup shortening
1 large egg
1 ½ teaspoon orange extract (or part orange zest)
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¾ teaspoon salt
  Beat sugar and shortening together at low speed until creamy. Add egg and orange extract. Beating until blended. Gradually add flour and salt, until light and fluffy.
  Drop mixture be rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until edges begin to brown; remove to wire rack to cool. 
YIELD: 6 dozen (I got 4 ½ dozen which I think is closer.)
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