Mix shortening, brown sugar and eggs together thoroughly. Stir in milk or buttermilk. Sift flour, soda and salt together and stir in. Chill at least 1 hour. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls about 2" apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 400º for 8 - 10 minutes. Bake until set...just until, when touched lightly with finger, almost no imprint remains. Makes 6 dozen.
HOLIDAY FRUIT COOKIES:
Follow key recipe, and mix into the dough 1 1/2 cups broken pecans, 2 cups candied cherries, cut in halves, and 2 cups cut-up dates. Place a pecan half on each cookie.
SALTED PEANUT COOKIES:
Follow key recipe, except in place of the 3 1/2 cups flour, stir in 2 cups sifted flour, 2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup Wheaties, 1 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts (without husks). Bake until brown, 12-14 minutes.
BUSY-DAY NUT DROPS:
Follow key recipe and mix into the dough 1 cup cut-up nuts.
BUSY-DAY COCONUT DROPS:
Follow key recipe and mix into the dough 1 cup moist shredded coconut.