Another given to me by Peg (Miriam) Raver tucked in her 1940 "Rumford Complete Cookbook: Revised" She tells me you can substitute shortening for lard, but it doesn't have the same flavor. She also specifies Brer Rabbit brand Molasses. If you are unsure how to make 'thick' or sour milk, here is a link http://www.ehow.com/how_2112460_sour-milk-substitute-buttermilk.html Posted mostly for safekeeping. Not sure how many cookies a batch will make. Comments are appreciated!