This recipe has been passed down to me by one of my mother's oldest friends who always made everything from scratch and raised 5 children on a very meager salary. She is a woman I have always admired. Please forgive the way this recipe is written out, I've never bothered to separate it all out and have always left it just as she gave it to me.
Take 2-Egss and beat lightly
Add 1/3-cup of Sugar until creamy
Add 1/4-cup melted shortening OR oil
Add 1/4-cup of milk
Mix 1 3/4-cup flour in with 3/4-teaspoon cream of tartar
add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
add 1/8 teaspoon salt
add 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Mix the egg mixture with the dry ingredients to incorporate, but don't over handle.
Pull off pieces of dough the size of a walnut. Roll into a finger shape.
Lay them out on a floured pastry cloth OR a floured board
Fry in deep fat which has been heated to 365 degrees until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels.
Roll in thin confectioner's sugar and water mixture.