Grandma's Molasses Cookies (Gingerbread Cookies)

These cookies are Christmas to me!

When I had been married for just a few years and had little kids, I remember calling my mom for some great cookie recipes.  This is one we have made most years.  They are so delicious.  But, the trick is to not overcook them.  They should only be in the oven for about 5 minutes or they are dry and crumbly and don't have near the taste appeal.

2 cups shortening

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

2 cups molasses

1 1/2 cups hot water

11 or 12 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp ginger

4 tsp soda


Preheat oven to 350.Combine shortening, sugar, eggs, molasses and hot water.  Use hot water to rinse molasses out of cup.  Fill sifter with flour and add spices, soda and salt.  Sift into bowl.  Add more flour gradually until batter is thick.  Roll on floured board and cut with cookie cutter.  Bake on greased cookie sheet for 5 minutes.

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