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Caprilands Favorite Christmas Cookies

Ease of Preparation: Moderate

Preparation Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Servings: 60

Recipe By: Adelma Grenier Simmons

From:  A Merry Christmas Herbal
Used with permission of William Morrow & Co Inc, NY

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Caprilands Favorite Christmas Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1  egg (unbeaten)
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons whole anise
1 tablespoon ground coriander seed
1 scant teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons hot water
6 tablespoons strong black coffee
Sherry Frosting
3 1/2 tablespoons sherry
2 cups confectioner's sugar
Cream together shortening, sugar, molasses, and egg. Sift flour, spices, and salt together. Add to the shortening mixture. Dissolve soda in hot water and set aside. Add coffee to flour-spice mixture. Beat in soda. Mix well, drop by spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 350 degree oven approximately 15 minutes. Do not overbake as cookies should stay soft.

Sherry Frosting: Mix together sherry and confectioner's sugar and spread over cookies. Decorate with colored sugars, halves of cherries, bits of angelica.
Chef Suggestions
The frosting stays white for just 2 days, so ice cookies only as you can use them.
Nutrition Facts
As prepared, each serving contains 70 calories, 2g total fat, 5mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 12g total carbohydrate and 1g protein.

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