Christmas Cut-out Sugar Cookies

Ingredients for double batch:
1.5 cup shortening (part butter or margarine, softened)

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

5 cups (all-purpose) flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons salt

Mix the shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla together thoroughly (best to cream the the shortening and sugar together until smooth first). Blend in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and chill for at least an hour.
Heat oven to 400 degrees F and line your baking sheet(s) with parchment paper. Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness on a lightly floured pastry mat or board. Cut out desired shapes and transfer them to your baking sheet(s). Bake 6-8 minutes or until very lightly brown.