My partner & I make and donate cookies to our fundraising groups to auction off. These cookies are always in demand and always good! We've made every kind of design imaginable from the many usual holiday cookies, to Texas', Tie-died T-shirts, Eiffel Towers, Eagles, Dragons, High Heel Shoes, Monkeys & Bananas & more! Always more... ;o)
Cream Crisco & sugar, add eggs one at a time. Add extracts, salt, & baking powder. Add whole wheat white flour then all purpose,one cup at a time. Mix until dough comes together & cleans the sides of the bowl. Chill.
I use silicone mats in my half sheet baking pans. I roll out my dough on the mat sprinkled w/ powdered sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Cool on wire racks and decorate. You can literally make cookies for anything your imagination dreams up.
This is a basic dough that can be adapted to make all kinds of cookies, like pecan sandies, or chocolate sugar cookies just by adding a few ingredients. This is also a large batch recipe & yields 5-6 dozen cookies.