Classic Aunt Sally (Or Sally Ann) Cookies

Recipe by norsecookie
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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 36
YIELD: 48 cookies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Cream shortening and sugar, add molasses and eggs and buttermilk.
  • Mix dry ingredients thoroughly, then add to creamed mixture.
  • Refrigerate for an hour or so, until slightly firm.
  • Roll out at about 1/4" (thicker for more cakelike cookies, thinner for crispier ones - they're good both ways).
  • Cut out (traditionally with a SPAM can, but to each her own).
  • Bake at 325 for about 12-15 minutes.
  • When cookies are cool, whip up the icing.
  • In saucepan, dissolve gelatin in cold water.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • While simmering, add 3 C powdered sugar to a large straight-sided bowl and measure in soda. Stir.
  • Pour hot liquid into sugar mixture and whisk. Add vanilla. Lumps are not good.
  • If 3 C of powdered sugar is enough to produce a almost-set pudding-like icing, it is read. If it seems thin, add another cup and whisk inches.
  • Take cooled cookies and dip the tops into the icing, wiping off excess on side of bowl.
  • Set on wax paper until icing is hard.
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