Your kitchen will smell like a bakery when you make these tender treasures.
Beat shortening and 1 1/2 cups sugar at medium speed of an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and flavorings, beating until blended.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to shortening mixture, beating well. Cover and chill dough.
Shape dough into 1" balls. Roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350° for 8 to 9 minutes or until barely golden. Let cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Christmas with Southern Living 1997