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Molasses Cookies


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.