Original Recipe by The Green Apron
½ cup shortening
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup molasses
1 tablespoon Spiced Rum* (optional)
zest of fresh orange, juice from 1/3 fresh orange
1 tablespoon vinegar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
In large mixing bowl combine flour, spices, baking soda and baking powder. Set to the side.
In a separate bowl beat shortening and sugar on medium to high till combined. Beat in egg, molasses, Spiced Rum, orange zest/juice and vinegar. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as possible, stir in remaining by hand.
Divide dough in half, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for about 3 hours.
Preheat oven 375F, line cookie sheets with parchment paper
Roll out dough on a light floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness and cutout with desired cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets 1 inch apart
Bake for 6-8 minutes, until edges start to slightly darken.
Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.
Royal Icing w/hint of Orange
1 egg white
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Orange Extract
3 cups Powdered Sugar