I’ve been making these cookies for years. The dough is just perfect, not too sweet and great for cut-outs!
3/4 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Mix shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla thoroughly. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour to the shortening mixture. Combine into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least one hour. Heat oven to 400F. Roll out dough approx. 1/8″ thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 6 – 8 minutes or until a delicate golden color. Let stand for a minute. Remove and place on wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen depending on the size of your cookie cutters.
TIP – I highly recommend the silpat mats in the links below. They help cookies to bake more evenly and they will virtually slide off when baked!