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Soft Molasses Cookies

This is an old recipe that was used in Louisiana during World War II when sugar was rationed.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 egg, beaten

Instructions

  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt.
  2. In another bowl, combine shortening, molasses, water and egg. Add shortening mixture to flour mixture; mix thoroughly.
  3. Let stand about 10 minutes.
  4. Roll out dough on a floured surface. Cut with a cookie cutter. Place on lightly greased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes, or until done.

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