¾ cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
1 cup sugar
½ tsp lemon flavoring or 1 tsp. vanilla
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees (mod. Hot).Mix shortening, sugar, eggs and flavoring thoroughly. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together; blend in. Chill at least 1 hr.
Roll dough to 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured board. Cut with 3 inch cookie cutter. Place on un-greased baking sheet. Bake 6-8 minutes or until cookies are a delicate golden color. When cool, decorate with frosting, sprinkles and nonpareils. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
Notes: From the looks of this page in the cookbook, this is the recipe I use most often. I have tried others, but usually come back to this one. I think the lemon flavoring is what makes it different.
Be sure to chill well. However the cold dough does not always roll easily. You have to keep working with it until you kind of get in the groove.
Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, pg. 18