Baking – Mystery ingredient in cookies with cream tartar


The attached picture is of a cookie recipe from my grandmother who passed a year ago. I would like to make the cookies, especially since they share my daughter's name, but there is one ingredient that I can't decode. It appears that the recipe calls for:

Nora's Cookies:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup ????
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp soda
  • salt
  • vanilla and lemon extract
  • flour to roll out

What might the 3rd ingredient be?

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Best Answer

It's "spry"... which is actually what it looks like.

Spry was apparently a brand name shortening.

This related question "Is there anything special about "homogenized" shortening?" recommends simply using any type of vegetable shortening, like Crisco.