Ginger Cookies

1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup mild molasses
1/2 cup hot water
2 cups all-purpose fl our
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
In large bowl, cream shortening and sugar; mix in egg, molasses and
water. In separate bowl, sift together fl our, baking soda, salt, ginger,
nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon; stir into molasses mixture. Chill dough for
2 to 3 hours. Batter is thin.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment
paper lined baking sheets about 3 inches apart. Bake at 400 degrees for
6 to 8 minutes or until the top appears dry. Remove immediately to wire
cooling racks. While hot, frost cookies with Powdered Sugar Frosting.
Makes about 4 dozen.
Powdered Sugar Frosting
1-1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
Mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Add more powdered sugar
or milk, if needed, to adjust spreading consistency.

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