Christmas Cookies

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 egg
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.

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