This section is from the book "The American Woman's Cook Book", by Ruth Berolzheimer. Also available from Amazon: The Domestic Arts Edition of the American Woman's Cook Book.
Cream the shortening and the sugar and add the molasses and milk. Mix well and add dry ingredients mixed and sifted together. Mix thoroughly. Roll the dough thin and cut in rounds. Chilling the dough before rolling makes it easier to handle. Bake in greased sheet in moderate hot oven (375° F.).
1, cup molasses
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
2 teaspoons ginger
Heat the molasses and shortening. Mix and sift the dry ingredients and add to first mixture. Thoroughly chill, toss on lightly floured board, and roll out very thin. Cut as desired. The bowl containing the remaining dough must be kept in a cool place or it will be necessary to add more flour. Excess flour will make the cookies hard and unattractive. Put on greased baking-sheet and bake in a moderate oven (375° F., 8-10 minutes).
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
1 cup sour milk 6 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking-powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon soda 1/2 nutmeg, grated
Cream the shortening with the sugar and add the eggs, well beaten. Mix and sift the dry ingredients and add them to the sugar and shortening alternately with the milk. Roll out in a thick sheet and cut with a doughnut cutter. Bake in a moderate hot oven (375° F.).
1 cup shortening 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt Flour
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon soda
2 cups molasses
1 cup seeded raisins
Put the shortening, sugar, molasses, ginger and salt into a saucepan together. Stir the mixture until it boils; then boil it five minutes. Pour into a bowl and stir in flour and soda sifted together until it is just stiff enough to drop from a spoon. Add the raisins and drop by spoonfuls on to a greased shallow pan. Bake the rocks in a moderate oven (375°-400° F.).
1 cup shortening 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cups maple sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
Melt shortening, add crushed maple sugar, eggs, and cinnamon. Mix together and add chopped nuts and flour. Drop by spoonfuls on greased pans, and bake in a moderate oven (375°-400° F.).
2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup chopped raisins
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon each of various desired spices
2 teaspoons baking-powder Flour
Cream shortening, add sugar gradually. Add eggs, molasses, milk and raisins. Sift baking-powder and spices with one cup of flour, and mix all thoroughly. Add enough flour to make quite a stiff dough, and roll. Bake in a moderate oven (375°-400° F.).