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Sugar Cookies

1 1/3 cup butter

1 1/3 cup lard

3 cups sugar

2 Tablespoons orange rind

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 eggs

1/3 cup milk

8 cups flour

2 Tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt


Grease and flour cookie sheet (I usually use parchment paper instead).


Preheat oven to 375˚F.


In a medium sized bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.


In a large bowl cream butter, lard and sugar.  Add rind, vanilla and eggs, mix well.  Add half flour mixture.  Mix in milk, then add remaining flour mixture until combined.


On a floured surface, roll out dough about 1/2-inch thick.  Add additional flour if dough is too sticky.  Cut dough into desired shapes.


Bake for 6-8 minutes.


Cool on wire rack and frost with your favorite buttercream or cream cheese frosting.


Notes:  I use dried orange rind.


Recipe from Tara Lynne Wilson....from her Grandma.  I have made them and they really are delicious.