Butter or other shortening
Cream the butter, add the sugar gradually, and cream mixture until light.
Add eggs and beat thoroughly. Sift 3 cups of the flour with the salt, baking powder and spices and add alternately with the milk. Add more flour to stiffen may require up to 5 cups flour). Chill for several hours. Roll very thin and cut with cookie cutters. Put on greased baking sheet and bake at 450-F about 7 minutes. Source: Pennsylvania Dutch Cook Book - Fine Old Recipes, Culinary Arts Press, 1936.