MORAVIAN CHRISTMAS COOKIES

2 c Shortening
2 1/4 c Brown sugar
1 qt Molasses
8 c Flour
1 tb Cloves
1 tb Cinnamon
1 t Ginger
1/2 ts Baking soda 1 x *dissolved in: 1 t Vinegar
 
Use a mixture of butter and lard for the shortening. Sift the flour and spices together. Add sugar and mix well. Work in the shortening with the finger tips or with a pastry blender. Add baking soda and molasses and mix thoroughly. Chill. Roll very thin on floured board and cut with fancy cookie cutters. Bake at 350-F about 10 minutes.