Great for Christmas cut-out cookies.
INGREDIENTS (for 3 servings):
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup egg white (optional)
Mix first 8 ingredients in a large bowl at medium speed until well mixed.
Shape dough into a ball and wrap with waxed paper. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
Roll out half of the dough at a time on a lightly floured surface. Keep the remaining dough refrigerated. For crisp cookies, roll paper thin. For softer cookies, roll 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.
With floured cookie cutters, cut dough into various shapes. Re-roll dough trimmings and continue to cut shapes.
Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on greased cookie sheets. To glaze, brush tops of cookies with heavy or whipping cream or with an egg white slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon of water.
Sprinkle cookies with your choice of toppings; bake 8 minutes or until very light brown. Remove cookies and cool completely.