These are one of my most favorite Christmas cookies from my childhood. We would take some of these delicious and beautiful cookies to church during Christmas every year. So, when I was asked to bring three dozen cookies to Christmas Eve service at my church this year, these were an easy choice. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
from my adorable Mommy; original source unknown
Ingredients:¾ c. shortening1 c. dark brown sugar1 egg, beaten¼ c. unsulfered molasses2 tsp. baking soda¼ tsp. salt½ tsp. ground cloves1 tsp. cinnamon1 tsp. ground ginger1 1/2–2 c. all-purpose flour, plus more, if necessary (I used close to 2 c.)granulated sugar, for dippingwater, for dripping
Directions:1. Mix all ingredients, except flour, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with blade attachment. Make sure all the spices are mixed thoroughly.
2. Sift in 1 1/2 c. flour and mix just enough to moisten everything. If the dough is sticky, add more flour, 1/4 c. at a time, until dough reaches desired consistency and is no longer sticky. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for one to two hours.
3. Roll a walnut-sized amount of dough into a ball. Dip the top in granulated sugar. Place them about 3” apart, sugar side up, on baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Drip one drop of water on top of each cookie.
4. Bake @ 375º for 9-11 minutes. Let cool on wire rack, on baking sheet, until firm enough to move.