Sunday, May 6, 2012

Yummy Old Fashioned Cookie Recipe - Wanda's Ginger Cream Cookies


There's nothing quite like good old-fashioned homemade cookies. In the lunch box, on picnics, for after school snacks or just to munch on because you want to, homemade cookies are a special treat. Go back in time and make some cookies using this recipe from grandma's recipe box. And get the children involved in the kitchen with you. Take advantage of the time to talk to them about older or deceased family members turning your baking session into a history lesson. Wanda's Ginger Cream Cookies are made with molasses and are iced. Children especially love to ice cookies.
1/4 cup soft shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 small egg
1/2 cup molasses
1 tsp soda
1/2 cup hot water
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Mix shortening, sugar, egg, and molasses. Stir in soda which has been dissolved in the hot water. Sift together flour, salt, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon and add to the other ingredients. Chill dough. Drop onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake until set (when lightly touched with the tip of your finger, almost no imprint remains). While slightly warm, frost with the following icing.
Modern Day Tip: Spray the measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray before measuring the molasses. This makes it much easier to get the molasses out of the measure.
3/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp milk or cream
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Add a few more drops of milk or cream if the icing is too thick.
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