Better gobble these cookies down quickly ----they've been known to disappear!
2/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sifted light brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
3 tablespoons boiled, then cooled water
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom seeds
1). Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease a cookie sheet.
2). In a large bowl, cream together shortening and sugar. Add molasses, water and lemon rind.
3). In a seperate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom and add gradually to the creamed mixture. Mix well.
4). Toss dough on a floured surface. Shape into loaf and chill for at least 30 minutes.
5). Remove chilled dough and place on floured surface. Roll out dough very thin
6). Using ghost shaped cookie utters, cut out cookies from dough and place on cookie sheet. Bake 8 - 10 minutes.
7). Allow cookies to cool before icing.
3 egg whites
1 pound confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1). In a bowl, beat egg whites lightly with a fork.
2). Add sugar and beat with an electric mixer on lowest speed for 1 minute.
3). Add vinegar and beat on high speed for 2 more minutes, or until stiff and glossy.
4). Use a pastry tube to decorate with icing.
Makes about 60 cookies