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Apple-Molasses Drop Cookies

Yield 11 dozen


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped peeled apple
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • Grated lemon rind

How to Make It

  1. Cream shortening in a large mixing bowl; gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Add molasses and 1 tablespoon lemon juice, stirring well.

  2. Sift together flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in a medium mixing bowl; add to creamed mixture alternately with boiling water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir well after each addition. Fold in chopped apple. Chill dough 1 hour.

  3. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool on wire racks.

  4. Combine powdered sugar, butter, and remaining lemon juice in a small mixing bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Spread evenly over tops of cooled cookies. Sprinkle each with grated lemon rind.

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