Tea Cookies

1 cup shortening
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon soda
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 to 1-1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream shortening, gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed of electric mixer. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt, add to creamed mixture, alternately with buttermilk; mix well. Stir in extract cover and chil1 for 1 hour. Roll dough on floured surface. Cut out cookies and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana