Mom has been making these for a long time. This is not the recipe she used, but very close to it. They taste the same. My mom was a Mennonite growing up and a lot of their recipes are just like the Amish. Mom is 100% German and so these go back really far. My family loves these cookies so much. Mom sent a batch to Korea for my sweet Ashley. She was so excited and said she was going to hibernate in her apartment and eat them all.
In a large bowl beat together the sugar and shortening to creamy. Add beaten eggs, molasses, and vanilla and beat well.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger until well blended.
Add dry mixture to the sugar mixture in several additions, alternating flour and buttermilk until well combined.
Bake at 375F for 13-15 minutes depending on your stove. They are done when the spring back like a cake. Store in air tight container.
***I didn't have buttermilk so I added 2 tbsp of lemon juice to 2 cups of milk.
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