¾cupshortening(part butter or margarine, softened)
1tspvanilla(or ½ tsp lemon extract)
2 ½cupsGold Medal (all-purpose) flour
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Mix the shortening, sugar, eggs, and flavoring together thoroughly (best to cream the the shortening and sugar together until smooth first). Blend in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and chill for at least an hour.
Heat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and line your baking sheet(s) with parchment paper. Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness on a lightly floured pastry mat or board. Cut out desired shapes and transfer them to your baking sheet(s). Bake 6-8 minutes or until very lightly brown.
*Recipe as it was originally printed with very minor exceptions and an additional note or two, such as creaming the shortening and sugar together. Also, although the recipe states that it yields 4 dozen 3" cookies, my batches have never yielded more than 3 dozen.Remember that shortening makes fluffier cookies, so a combination of shortening and butter works best for cookies to hold their cut-out shapes.