Saturday, December 15, 2012


As readers of my blogs have probably guessed, I am a big Southern Gospel Music fan.  I have always loved collecting the recipes of the singers, probably because most of them are just everyday country people like I really am.  Vestal used to make these cookies to share with her family at Christmastime.  She and her family enjoyed spending Christmas at her parents home with extended family.  She has said she loved making these cookies for those times.

1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cups molasses
4 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
1 cup boiling water

Combine the shortening, sugar, egg, and molasses.  Mix well.  Sift together flour, soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Stir into the molasses mixture.  Add water, stirring until smooth.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 400 degrees.  After cookies have cooled, ice with the frosting below.

2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp lemon extract
3 tbsp milk

Combine all ingredients together until smooth.

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