These cookies can be rolled out, and cut with cookie cutters, or rolled into balls and baked. I usually frost them after they've been baked. My kids really like them.
6 tbsp shortening
6 tbsp butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla (I use lemon extract)
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking pwd
1 tsp salt
Cream the shortening and butter. Add the sugar and cream until thoroughly mixed. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat well. Stir in the flour, baking pwd and salt until combined. Chill dough for 1 hour. Roll into balls and flatten with the bottom of a glass, dipped in sugar. If desired, roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters. Bake 400 degrees for 6 - 8 minutes, or until just beginning to brown around the edges. If desired, frost with a buttercream frosting.