Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Uncle Bill's Cookies

Category: Cookies and Bars
Difficulty Rating: Easy

This is another incredible recipe from the Shelby family who lived near to us when I was growing up. I think it was Julie who made these for us once. It is a white frosted gingerbread cookie that was famous for being made by Sally Shelby's brother Bill. It is a 'cozy' cookie--perfect for fall weather with a mug of steaming cider. You can also make them into Halloween or Harvest cookies by coloring the icing with orange (or a mixture of red and yellow) food coloring. Use candy corn or harvest-colored sprinkles to decorate the tops.

Ingredients:

2 C sugar
1 C shortening
1 C molasses
2 eggs
1 C sour milk (put 1 t. lemon or white vinegar in a cup of milk to sour)
1 T ginger
1 T cinnamon
1 t salt
4 t soda
2 t cream of tartar
5 C flour

Directions:

Cream sugar/shortenings. Add wet ingredients. mix and add dry stuff. Drop from a spoonon greased and floured cookie sheets. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Powdered Sugar Icing:

4 C powdered sugar (sifted)
2 T soft butter
1 t vanilla

Add enough milk to the above until it becomes a thin spreading consistency. Spread on cookies, leaving a margin at the sides after they are cool. Let them harden before eating.

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