Classic Aunt Sally (Or Sally Ann) Cookies

These are wonderful not-too-sweet gingerbread-like cookies. The icing sets up like royal, except it is soft inside the hardened shell. They freeze great, and are terrific for gift-giving, as they package beautifully. I make them for Halloween in the shape of bats and covered with orange sprinkles and for thanksgiving as leaves with no sprinkles.

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1hr 30mins
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  • 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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"These are wonderful not-too-sweet gingerbread-like cookies. The icing sets up like royal, except it is soft inside the hardened shell. They freeze great, and are terrific for gift-giving, as they package beautifully. I make them for Halloween in the shape of bats and covered with orange sprinkles and for thanksgiving as leaves with no sprinkles."
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  1. Betty A.
    The icing recipe calls for baking powder. Then you get to the instructions and it is listed as baking soda? Help...and thank you!
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  2. arleneHHS68
    No. The cookie is fine--but the cookie is the easy part. I don't know whose Aunt Sally you shared cookies with but it wasn't the Aunt Sally I grew up with! Try another frosting recipe. I used a lot of powdered sugar to find out is wasn't right. Thank goodness I only frosted one cookie.
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  3. norsecookie
    These are wonderful not-too-sweet gingerbread-like cookies. The icing sets up like royal, except it is soft inside the hardened shell. They freeze great, and are terrific for gift-giving, as they package beautifully. I make them for Halloween in the shape of bats and covered with orange sprinkles and for thanksgiving as leaves with no sprinkles.
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