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Frosted Ginger Creams

I have many recipes featuring ginger, but these soft cookies are real gems. The hint of lemon in the cream cheese frosting is a nice complement.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup water
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions

  • In a large bowl cream shortening and sugar. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with water (dough will be soft).
  • Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 7-8 minutes or until tops are cracked. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and enough lemon juice to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cookies. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 130 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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