Cousin Ann's Molasses Cookies
This recipe is from a newspaper clipping. The newspaper and the date is not identified. However it is in my great grandmother's cookbook (handed down to her granddaughter, Phyllis Dorothy Wilson Purdy, who has handed it to me. My great grandmother is Jennie Mae Halstead Colby.
One cup shortening, one cup sugar, one cup dark molasses, four tea- spoons soda, two teaspoons ginger, two teaspoons cinnamon, one-half teaspoon cloves, one-quarter tea- spoon nutmeg, one teaspoon salt, two to six cups flour, one cup sour milk. Cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses. Sift two cups of the flour with the other dry ingredients and add alternately to first mixture with the sour milk. Add enough more flour to make a soft dough. Roll and cut in fancy shapes, sprinkle sugar on top and bake five to eight min- utes in rather quick oven (375 to 400 Fahrenheit). These cookies are thick, and soft -- the kind that taste so good between meals with a glass of milk.
12 dozen cookies
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