Mix first 4 ingredients; set aside.
Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs, beat well.
Add flour mixture, add vanilla.
Chill well, at least 2 hours.
Roll out and cut shapes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Two tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon mixed together can be sprinkled on top before baking; or colored sugar decorations; or make an icing and decorate after baking.