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Iced Molasses Cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • About 6 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, divided

Frosting

  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Cookies: In a large bowl, mix molasses, sugar, shortening and hot water. Stir to combine thoroughly, although shortening doesn't need to melt completely.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix baking soda, ginger and cinnamon with 4 cups of flour. Mix into liquids, stirring to blend well. Gradually add enough of the additional flour to make a dough stiff enough to roll.
  3. Chill for 1-2 hours before baking.
  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
  5. Roll out dough to about 1/6-inch thick and cut shapes with your favorite cookie cutter.
  6. Bake for 8-11 minutes until done.
  7. Cool completely and frost with decorative frosting.
  8. Frosting: Beat egg whites until frothy, then beat in sugar and vanilla extract.

Yield: 7-10 dozen, depending on size of cookie cutters.

Cookies can also be dusted with decorative sugar or sprinkles prior to baking.


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