1/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup honey for light cookies (or molasses, for dark cookies)
1 teaspoon lemon or vanilla extract, for light cookies (or for dark cookies, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice)
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease Cookie Sheets.
On a lightly floured board, roll dough 1/4-inch thick with your Rolling Pin; cut into desired shapes with your favorite Cookie Cutters. Place 1-inch apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from oven and cool on wire cooling racks.