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This is probably the most unique recipe that we use on cookie baking day.  It is a soft, almost cake-like,  molasses cookie that after a quick cool from the oven gets a slap of luscious frosting smeared on it.  Lovely.  The recipe is said to have been the brain child of my great grandma on my Father’s side.  It seems as though so many cookies during the holidays are the same 5 recipes that have been passed from person to person, but not this one.

1 C. Sugar

1/2 C. Veg. Oil

1 Egg

3/4 C. Molasses

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Cloves

1/2 tsp. Ginger

pinch of salt

1 C. warm water

2 tsp. Baking Soda

3 1/2 C. Flour

Frosting:

2 1/2 C. powdered sugar

1/4 C butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp orange zest

enough milk to make thick frosting consistency

Combine sugar, oil, egg, molasses, and spices.  IN A SEPARATE bowl, mix baking soda and water and stir till dissolved.  Add to first mixture.  Then add flour and mix thoroughly.  Let batter sit 20 min and then drop by large spoon-fulls (or a pancake batter dispenser if you have one) onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 F for 12-15 min.  Let cool before frosting.

For frosting: beat sugar and butter till creamy.  Add vanilla, zest and a few tablespoons of milk until desired consistency.  ** If you like a well frosted cookie, you may wish to double the batch of frosting.

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