½ c shortening
1 c sugar
2 Tbsp cream (heavy cream or half-and-half)
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ c flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 jar mincemeat
Thoroughly mix together shortening, sugar and eggs. Stir in cream and vanilla. Sift together dry ingredients and stir in to sugar mixture; chill dough.
Preheat oven to 400.
Roll dough to 1/16-inch thickness. For each cookie, cut out two 3-inch rounds using cookie cutter. Place a rounded tsp of mincemeat on one round, then top with other round, pressing edges to seal together. If desired cut a 1-inch circle from the center of the top round, allowing filling to show through.
Bake at 400 for 8 to 10 minutes, until delicately browned.