about 3 dozen

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine molasses and shortening in a large mixing bowl, beating well. Add soda to buttermilk, stirring until soda dissolves; add to molasses mixture, mixing well.

Step 2

Sift together flour, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves in a large mixing bowl; gradually add to molasses mixture, stirring well after each addition. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Step 3

Roll a small portion of dough to 1/2-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface, keeping remaining dough chilled until ready to use. Cut into 5- x 2- inch strips. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets.

Step 4

Bake cookies at 350° for 15 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool on wire racks; brush with Brown Sugar Water, if desired. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.

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