Sugar Drop Cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Sift together in a 

 medium-sized bowl:

 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
 1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
 3/4 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon cinnamon or 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

 In another, larger bowl, combine:

 1 cup sugar
 3/4 cup vegetable oil

 Add to this mixture and beat well after each addition:

 2 eggs
 1 teaspoon vanilla

 Add the flour mixture all at once and beat well, but 
 briefly. Spread in teaspoon-sized portions on a lightly 
 greased cookie sheet. Use a spatula dipped in ice water 
 to flatten dough to a maximum 1/4-inch thickness for 
 even baking. or, 
 Shape the dough into 1/2-inch balls. Dip the balls in:

 (Granulated sugar)

 Flatten as above.

 Bake about 12 to 15 minutes or until browned.

 (*optional )