Cry Baby Cookies

These cookies got their name, I'm told, because babies always cry for more. Baby George in Just Following Orders certainly found them satisfying. When he got his fill, he went right to sleep.

1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. shortening
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. molasses
1 c. milk, sweet or sour
4 c. flour
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. raisins (optional)

Cream shortening and sugar. Add beaten eggs, then molasses, then milk. Sift all dry ingredients together and gradually add to first mixture. Add floured raisins last. Drop from spoon on greased cookie sheet. Bake in slow oven, 325-350 degrees, for 10-12 minutes.

picture of cry babies