Cream Crisco, sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a large bowl at medium speed
of electric mixer until well blended. Beat in egg.
Combine flour, baking powder
and salt. Mix into creamed mixture.
Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Push ice cream stick into center of the dough.
Place dough with stick parallel 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Flatten
to 1/2 inch with large, smooth, greased and floured spatula. Decorate as desired.
Press decorations into dough. (Decoration hint: Cookies can also be painted. Mix
1 egg yolk and 1/4 teaspoon water. Divide into 3 cups. Add 2 to 3 drops of different
food coloring to each. Stir. Use clean water brushes to paint cookies before baking.)
Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden.