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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

12 cup shortening (original recipe calls for lard)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
12 cup milk
12 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
12 teaspoon baking soda
12 teaspoon salt
14 cup light corn syrup (white)
14 cup cocoa powder
3 cups flour (amount may vary(see recipe description for explanation)


Preheat oven to 375F In a large mixing bowl, cream together shortening, sugar and eggs. Stir in milk and vanilla. Stir in baking powder, baking soda, salt and corn syrup. Stir in baking cocoa. Add enough flour (a little at a time) to make dough stiff enough to roll out well. On a generously floured work surface, roll out dough with a lightly floured rolling pin to 1/2-inch thickness. With flour-dipped cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes. Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie pan spaced two inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until tops of cookies are no longer shiny, and bottoms are lightly browned. Decorate with icing of your preference (if desired) and store in an air-tight container.

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