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Basic Cookie Dough

4 c Flour; sifted all-purpose
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 c Butter; softened (or oleo)
1 c Lgt brown sugar - packed
1 ts Vanilla
1 ts Baking soda
1 1/2 c Vegetable shortening
1 c Sugar; granulated
2 Eggs

Sift flour, baking soda and salt onto waxed paper. Beat shortening, butter and sugars until well mixed. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until soft dough forms. Divide dough into 6 equal portions. Shape into rolls about 1 1/2" in diameter. Wrap each in foil and freeze. OR, if you prefer, flavor the 6 different portions according to the notes that follow. Slice frozen rolls about 1/4" thick. Arrange cookies 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

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