I'm afraid my recipe doesn't use real butter OR powdered sugar. I would LOVE to find an awesome recipe that DOES use real butter. Until that happens, I will continue to enjoy this one. I hope you like it.
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup shortening
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk (add 2 teaspoons baking soda to this in measuring cup, stir)
In large mixing bowl, cream sugars and shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla and mix until well combined.
In separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately to creamed mixture in mixing bowl, beating well after each addition. At this point, I wrap the dough in waxed paper and place in a Ziploc bag overnight ( a few hours will work) to firm it up.
When rolling out your dough, flour your surface quite generously and roll to approximately 1/3 inch thickness. Cut with cutters. Bake in pre-heated 400 degree F oven for 5 to 6 minutes until done. I check after 5 minutes and they are usually done. Cool and ice as desired. Enjoy!