Moravian ginger cookies

Yield: 36 Cookies

Measure Ingredient
⅓ cup Molasses
¼ cup Shortening
2 tablespoons Sugar, brown
1¼ cup Flour
½ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Baking soda
¼ teaspoon Baking powder
¼ teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
¼ teaspoon Ginger, ground
¼ teaspoon Cloves, ground
1 dash Nutmeg
1 dash Allspice
1 cup Sugar, confectioners
¼ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Vanilla
1½ tablespoon Cream, light
[Betty Crocker's Cookbook]

EASY CREAMY ICING

Mix thoroughly the molasses, shortening, and sugar. Blend in the remaining ingredients except the icing. Cover. Chill for at least four hours.

Heat the oven to 375 F. Roll the dough to ⅛-inch thickness, or, if desired, paper-thin on a lightly floured cloth-covered board. Cut into the desired shapes. Place about ½ inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for eight minutes or until set.

Remove from the baking sheet immediately; cool. Frost with Easy Creamy Icing.

EASY CREAMY ICING: Mix all of the ingredients together until smooth and of spreading consistency. Tint with food color if desired.

Makes about 3 dozen 2-inch cookies (about 5 dozen if rolled paper-thin).

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