Old Fashioned Tea Cakes

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).