Recipe for Christmas Ginger Cookies


6 cup flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ginger
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup solid shortening, crisco
1 cup molasses
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup water
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 mix flour, soda, spices and salt.


Beat shortening, molasses, sugar, water, egg and vanilla until well blended. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Will be soft. Divide into fourths. Pat each 1/4 into 1" thick round. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to 1 week. Roll on lightly floured surface to 1/8" thick, cut with ginermen cutters and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly on cookie sheet, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate with Royal Icing. ROYAL ICING: 3 cups confectioners sugar 1/4 tsp cream of tartar 2 large egg whites food colors In large bowl, mix all ingredients until stiff. Color and use to decorate cookies.

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