1 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream, 1-1/2 t. vanilla extract, 4 cups four, 1-1/2 t. baking soda, 1/3 t. salt.
Frosting: 1 cup butter, softened, 9 cups confectioners' sugar, 3 t. vanilla extract, 2/3 - 3/4 cup milk, paste food coloring of your choice.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, sour cream and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the cookie dough to 1/4" thickness. Cut with floured cookie cutters of your choice.
Place 1" apart on baking sheets lightly coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes or until set. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
For frosting, in a large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Tint with food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.
Note: 1 cookie = 197 calories... but they are so good to splurge on during holidays!