Preheat oven to 350. Mix together shortening, margarine land sugar til well blended. Mix in the rest of the ingredients til smooth. Roll out on floured board to 1/2 to1 /4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place on baking sheets. Bake til golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. (My oven needed about 14 minutes). Garnish as desired or leave plain. I dredged the warm cookies in a cinnamon/clove/sugar mixture. Makes a lot.
Note: You can use 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon anise extract for the two teaspoons vanilla if you wish.