I'm always on the hunt for a good sugar cookie recipe. These are amazing. They rival Old Grist Mill's cookie! Although I was leary about using shortening, I did it and it makes the texture very nice. The other thing I like about these is the fact that you can roll them in sugar and be done with it (no frosting, no cookie cutters, yeah!).
2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, shortening and sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, stir into the creamed mixture until dough comes together. Roll dough into walnut sized balls and roll the balls in sugar. (I used a cookie scoop and they were perfect) Place them on an unprepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until bottom is light brown. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.