With a really busy schedule today, believe it or not, all I have time for is the following recipe from Just Plain Cooking:
Sugar Cookies (Memaw's)
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 unbeaten eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/4 cup dates (chopped)
1/3 cup candied cherries (chopped)
1/4 cup chopped nuts
Combine first five ingredients and beat thoroughly.
Sift flour, baking powder, and soda together. Add to sugar mixture and mix well.
Add fruits and nuts and mix well.
Drop by level teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake in moderately hot oven 350 degrees F for 14 - 18 minutes.