I've decided to share the recipe so everyone can enjoy it. I was just asked by a preschool mom for the recipe. She had a pumpkin shaped one I made for Kade's Thanksgiving feast. I usually make a double batch because if I'm going to make them I have to make a lot. Sometimes I do a triple batch.
Roll Out Cookies
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix the shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl. Mix in dry ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Roll out to about 1/4" thick and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 400º for 6-8 minutes. Cool completely and frost/decorate.
Keep an eye on the cookies. Pull them out of the oven before or right as they are turning golden. You want a white cookie. They are soft. Soft is good.
I also bake mine on a stone so if you have one I recommend it. I do have to bake it longer the first time around, about 8-9 minutes.
I only use Duncan Hynes' Homestyle Vanilla Frosting. It's the best.
If you have a hard cookie it does soften when it's been frosted and has sat for a while.
Sometimes I make the dough at night and don't get around to rolling the dough until some time the next day. Sometimes I'll only make what I need from the dough and leave the rest in the refrigerater until I'm ready to make more. Or until I'm craving them.
They are sweet enough to eat without frosting if you're watching your fat intake.