Wednesday, February 18, 2009


This recipe is from an old church cookbook.

1/4 cup soft shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 small egg
1/2 cup molasses
1 tsp soda
1/2 cup hot water
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix shortening, sugar, egg, and molasses. Stir in soda which has been dissolved in the hot water. Sift together flour, salt, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon and add to the other ingredients. Chill dough. Drop onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake until set (when lightly touched with the tip of your finger, almost no imprint remains). While slightly warm, frost with the following icing.


3/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp milk or cream

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Add a few more drops of milk or cream if the icing is too thick.

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