April 19, 2001 at 4:29 PM CDT - Updated July 12 at 2:57 AM
3 eggs 2 C sugar 1 t. vanilla 4 T buttermilk 1 C shortening 4 C flour 1 t. baking powder 1 t. baking soda 1/2 t. salt
Cream eggs, sugar, milk, shortening, and vanilla flavoring. Sift flour, baking powder, soda, and salt together, gradually add to creamed mixture (makes a soft dough) Let set 1 hour in refrigerator. Roll out 1/4" thick and cut out. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees. (Be very careful not to overcook).
Optional: Sprinkle with sugar before baking; or ice after baking.
1-1 1/2 C confectioner's sugar (sifted) small amount water food coloring
Mix confectioner's sugar with a small amount of water (about the consistency of paste. Mix a few drops of food coloring (the color you want) or divide icing into several small bowls for assorted colors. Place in pastry bags and decorate. (You can use a zip-lock bag with the corner snipped out).