This recipe has been in my family for over 50 years. As a child, I couldn't wait to go to my sister's house to bake these. We would bake all one day and decorate them all day the next. Fond memories. Cut down on the salt if using margarine.
INGREDIENTS (for 3 servings):
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 eggs
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Mix together sugar, shortening or margarine, vanilla extract and almond extract Cream these together until light. Add eggs and beat well.
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt ( use 1/2 teas. if using margarine). Add to sugar mixture alternately with milk, ending with flour mixture. Dough will be quite stiff and may require mixing the last bit of flour in by hand.
Roll out portions of dough on floured board and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.
Place on greased cookie sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes . Test for doneness by touching lightly with your finger. If there is no dent, they're done. Cool and frost, decorate with colored sugars and colored frosting..
Note: If you like crisp cookies, roll the dough thinner. For more cake-like dough roll thicker and use metal cookie cutters. Originally we used Anise oil to flavor the dough (5 to 6 drops) in place of the vanilla and almond extracts. But my children prefer the extracts.