1 cake mix (lemon is always the hands-down winner, but you could try devils food for chocolate...)
3/4 cup shortening
2 large eggs
That's it. Just mix together with a wooden spoon so the dough is sort of gooey. Then round into balls. My mother made sure that when we each got married we each had our very own 1-inch melon baller to make these cookies on our own. If you own one, these cookies will be a cinch.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool.
1 & 1/2 lb. powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese
1 cube butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Pretty average frosting recipe...but it "makes" the cookies. So no skimping.
Oh, and some other helpful hints (mainly from my guru chef of a sister):
Freeze the cookies before hand so you can make them ahead of time.
Put the frosting in a ziploc bag, & snip the corner for easy frosting time.
And my mother would tell you to twist the cookies together when assembling, instead of simply smashing together to make the frosting perfectly goo out (if that makes sense)
Like I said: your welcome.