Pre-heat oven to 400ºF
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl:
2 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar (optional)
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Cut into the dry mixture, using fork or pastry blender:
1/2 cup shortening
Combine in a small separate bowl:
1 beaten egg
2/3 cup milk
Add egg/milk mixture to dry mixture, mixing until just combined.
Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 3/4 inch thick, and cut into into circles, 2-inch in diameter, using a cookie cutter of drinking glass. Place on cookie sheet (should not need greasing) and bake for 10-14 minuites until the edges are golden brown.
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