1 cup molasses
1/2 cup shortening, butter and lard, mixed
1 tablespoon ginger
1 tablespoon soda
2 tablespoons warm milk
2 cups bread flour
Heat molasses to boiling point, add
shortening, ginger, soda dissolved in warm milk and flour. Chill
thoroughly. Toss one-fourth of mi8xture on floured board and roll as
thinly as possible. Shape with small round cutter, first dipped in flour.
Place near together on a buttered sheet and bake in a moderate oven.
Gather up the trimmings and roll
with another portion of dough. During rolling, the bowl containing the
mixture should be kept in a cool place, or it will be necessary to add more
flour to the dough, which makes cookies hard rather than crisp and short.