I can remember my parents baking a lot of these around Christmas time. We would then decorate them as a family.
2/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon orange peel, grated
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons milk
Cream sugar and shortening. Add egg, vanilla, and orange peel. Sift and stir in all dry ingredients. Then stir in the 4 teaspoons milk.
Chill dough and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters in various shapes. Transfer to greased cookie sheet and bake at 375º for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
When cool, frost if desired with powdered sugar frosting. Decorate with colored sugar sprinkles.