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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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