Moravian Ginger Cookies Low Fat

Course : Cookies
Serves: 12
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1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup shortening
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cups all purpose or whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking sodas
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 dash nutmeg
1 dash allspice
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon half and half -- may need 2-T
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoon half and half -- up to 2-Tbsp

Preparation / Directions:

Mix molasses, shortening and brown sugar in a large bowl. Stir in flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and spices. Cover and refrigerate about 4 hours or until firm. Preheat oven to 375. Roll half of the dough at a time to 1/8 inch thickness or paper thin on a floured cloth covered surface. Cut into 3 inch rounds with floured cutter. Place about 1/2 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 1/8 inch cookes about 8 minutes; paper thin cookles about 5 minutes or until light brown, immediately remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely To make frosting; Mix confectioners sugar, vanilla, 1/2 to 2 tablespoons half and half until of spreading consistency. Spread frosting on cooled cookies.

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