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1. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon peel, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of dry mixture. Combine buttermilk and mayonnaise or salad dressing; add to dry mixture all at once. Stir just until moistened.
2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Quickly knead by folding and pressing gently for 10 to 12 strokes or until the dough is nearly smooth. Pat or lightly roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough with a floured 2-1/2-inch biscuit cutter, dipping the cutter into flour between cuts.
3. Place biscuits 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 450 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Remove the biscuits from the baking sheet and cool slightly. Serve warm. Makes 6 to 8.