Shortening is a popular ingredient used in American baking. Although we don't have an exact match here in the UK, you can experiment with vegetable shortening such as Trex which is available in supermarkets. It is also possible to have good success with margarine as a substitute.
Delicious! - 17 Oct 2014
These tasted ok, they didn't taste that much only of the shortening they also left a after taste of shortening and I didn't even add 170g I'm glad I didn't I only added 130g, I could hardly taste the spices, disappointing as they look really nice - 05 Mar 2017