1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups 2% milk
3/4 cup strawberry or grape jelly
Frosting of your choice
Colored sprinkles, optional
In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
Fill 36 paper-lined muffin cups half full. Drop jelly by teaspoonfuls into the center of each.
Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in cupcake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Frost cupcakes; decorate with sprinkles if desired. Yield: 3 dozen.
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