Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, andsalt together in a large bowl. Cut in the shortening like you would for piecrust. Beat the eggs and vanillatogether in a small bowl. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients,pour in the egg mixture and stir until the dough clings together. (Anne saysshe uses her hands for this step.)
Dust bread board and rolling pin with a bit of flour.Using small amounts of dough at a time, roll out to desired thickness and cutin desired shapes, placing on an ungreased cookie sheet. If you want a softercookie, roll out thick. If you want a thin, crispy cookie, roll out thin.
Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Karen's Note: If you don’t want to ice, these taste good just plain. You can also sprinkle colored sugar on the cookies before baking.