Submitted by Happy13
|½ c. shortening||6 tsp water|
|½ c. sugar||½ c. unsulphered molasses|
|1 egg yolk||2 c. flour|
|1 tsp ginger||1 tsp cinnamon|
|1 tsp cloves (scant)||1 tsp finely ground black pepper|
|½ tsp nutmeg||½ tsp baking powder|
|½ tsp baking soda||½ tsp salt|
|2 dashes cayenne pepper|
- Cream the shortening, water & sugar together until light & fluffy. Add the molasses & egg yolk & mix until well blended.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. If using a stand mixer, use stir. The dough will be sticky.
- DO NOT ADD MORE FLOUR REGARDLESS OF HOW TEMPTED YOU MAY BE!!! Too much flour will make the cookies tough. Form into 2 flat disks & put in the freezer for at least an hour or more.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- When the dough is cold enough to handle, roll it to about ¼” thick between 2 pieces of wax paper (the wax paper keeps you from having to use more flour). I roll mine a little thinner because I like a little crispness on the edges.
- Gently press together the scraps into another disk & put back in the freezer until ready for use. Bake for 8-10 minutes on parchment lined cookie sheets. Cool on pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cool completely before decorating.
Chef’s Note: I use shortening instead of butter or margarine because shortening is flavorless and doesn’t impact the spices. I think butter is best served in sugar cookies. If you decide to substitute butter or margarine for the shortening, omit the water from the recipe.