In a bowl on the side sugar and cinnamon mixed pecan halves which are optional.
Cream the shortening and sugar and add beaten eggs. Sift the flour, soda, cream of tartar and salt and add to the mixture mix well.
Roll into small balls about the size of a quarter. Roll balls into the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place on a ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 12 to 14 minutes. Place pecan halves on top.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana