Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream shortening; gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
Combine flour, baking poweder, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternating with buttermilk. Mix well. Stir in vanilla extract. Cover and chill 1 hour.
Roll dough to 1/4" thick on a floured surface. Cut with 2 3/4" round cookie cutter (I use my biscuit cutter). Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar.
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