Preheat oven to 375 °F (Convection: 325-350 °F)
Cream sugar and shortening together in large mixer bowl until smooth and fluffy. Add in eggs (or Egg Replacer), syrup and vanilla. Mix all dry ingredients together and spoon into batter. Mix well. Chill at least two hours or overnight if possible.
The dough will be extremely moist. Remove only the amount you will be working with and leave the rest in the refrigerator.
Roll out between two pieces of waxed paper…try not to use too much extra flour, just enough to handle dough, because it is a very rich dough.
Bake 5-9 minutes. I find 5 to be enough.
Just an idea; for example, for Valentine’s Day I make a sandwich cookie with the store brand of vanilla flavored icing (premixed/canned…you know what I mean). Cut out two hearts the same size. On the bottom one, spread the frosting (tinted pink or red, if you can use food coloring), then cut out a smaller heart out of the center of the cookie to be the top cookie (put that little heart off center on top of the cookie when you bake it (can put sprinkles on the little heart). When you push the two hearts together the icing comes up through the heart in the middle…very easy, very fancy and fun for the kids.