1 cup sugar
1 cup solid Crisco
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sweet or sour milk
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar and shortening until well mixed.
In a small bowl, stir the salt and baking SODA into the milk. Stir until dissolved.
In a medium-sized bowl, sift 2 CUPS of the flour with the baking POWDER together. Pour into larger bowl and mix well with the creamed sugar and Crisco. Add vanilla. Slowly stir in the other 2 cups of flour until the dough is stiff.
Turn the dough out on a well-floured surface. Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky.
Shape the dough into 1 cup balls of dough.
Roll each ball of dough out until it is approximately 3/8" thick. Use a glass or cookie cutters to make the desired shapes of cookies. Repeat the same process with all of the balls of dough.
Spray a cookie sheet with PAM. Place each cookie onto it. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. They will be done as soon as the edges begin to turn brown.
Immediately remove cookies from the cookie sheet and cool.