Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Fit baking sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper.
In the bowl of a standing mixer*, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add sugar and mix on low to combine.
Add shortening and mix on medium to combine.
Add eggs (do not beat first) and vanilla; mix well on medium speed.
Add currants, dried fruit, pecans and milk. Mix to fully combine.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes until cookies begin to become golden. Allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes and transfer to cooling racks to fully cool. Store any uneaten cookies in an air tight sealed container.
*can also be made in a mixing bowl with a hand held mixer.