3/4 c. shortening (make this amount a combination of shortening and margarine)
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. milk
2 tsp. baking powder
3 c. flour
3 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. shortening
3 1/2 c. confectioner's sugar (10x is best)
5 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1. Combine all ingredients. 2. Roll dough on floured surface to thickness appropriate for cookie cutters (approximately 1/4"). 3. Place cut-out cookies on greased cookie sheets. 4. Bake at 400° for approximately 6 minutes. Oven temperatures vary, so watch closely. The cookies should be slightly golden. 5. Remove from baking sheet. Allow cookies to cool before decorating.
1. Combine all ingredients. Beat until smooth. 2. Divide into portions; stir in food coloring until icing reaches the desired color.