1/2 cup margarine ( better than butter, helps cookies hold shape during baking)
1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
1 cup sugar ( do not use sugar substitute)
1 teas. lemon extract ( or any other flavoring)
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teas. baking powder
1 teas. salt
Mix thoroughly shortening, margarine, eggs and flavoring. Blend in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and chill at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll flour out to desired thickness. Thin dough will be a crisper cookie, thick will result in a cakier, softer cookie. Keep unused dough chilled until ready to use. Cut out shapes. Place on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Bake 8 mins till set but not browned.
Cool on rack.
decorate if desired. Freezes beautifully.
Makes approximately 4 doz.