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Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies

Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies

4 1/2 cups Flour
2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 1/2 cup Shortening
2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Lemon extract
1 cup Buttermilk

Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and the nutmeg. In large mixing bowl, beat shortening for 30 seconds until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add in eggs, vanilla extract and lemon extract, beating well. Add in flour mixture, beating until thoroughly mixed. Divide mixture in half. Cover with plastic wrap and chill about 3 hours or until it is easy to  handle. To make large cookies, roll the dough 1/2 inch thick. Cut into rounds with a round 3 inch cookie cutter or glass. To make small cookies, roll the dough about 3/8 inch thick and cut into smaller rounds, about 2 inches. Place cookies 2 1/2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle cookies with additional sugar. Use colored sugar, if desired. Bake cookies in a 375 degree F oven for 10-12 mins. Remove cookies to cool.
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