I'm not sure where I got this recipe, but figured I'd better get it off of the hand-written card onto 'Zaar so I wouldn't lose it. A couple of my friends have copied it, and I've had to bug them for it when I couldn't find my card. Anyway, these cookies make great rolled sugar cookies whose dough is great to work with. Soft - if you don't overcook them, and taste great by themselves or with frosting (my favorite!).
I've edited this recipe (10-28-10) to omit the shortening and change it to all butter, since I found the dough to be crumbly with the shortening.