|EVERY FEW MINUTES|
|OLD - FASHIONED SOFT MOLASSES COOKIES|
1 c. sugar
1 c. shortening or lard
1 c. molasses
1 c. hot water, not boiling
4 1/2 c. flour
2 level tsp. baking soda
1 level tsp. salt
1 lg. tsp. cinnamon
1 level tsp. ginger
pinch of cloves
Stir baking soda into hot water until dissolved; add molasses.
Cream shortening with sugar until light; beat in egg. Stir together flour, salt and spices.
Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients (flour), the molasses mixture, then the remaining flour (dry) mixture.
Mix only until combined. Chill for 1 hour.
Roll out and cut into shapes on a lightly floured board, using cutters dipped in flour or cocoa to prevent sticking.
Transfer to greased cookie sheets and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes (depends upon size of cookies), or until done.
Cool on wire racks.
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