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Dark Pfeffernusse

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  Shortening 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Packed brown sugar 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Egg 1
  Molasses 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Anise oil 3 Drop, mixed with hot water
  Hot water 1 Tablespoon
  Flour 3 1⁄3 Cup (53.33 tbs) (Gold Medal)
  Soda 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cloves 1⁄2 Teaspoon

Heat oven to 350°
Mix shortening, sugar, egg, molasses, and anise mixture.
Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting.
Blend dry ingredients; mix in gradually with hands.
Knead dough until right consistency for molding.
If dough seems too soft, refrigerate until firm.
Mold into balls 3/4" in diameter; place on greased baking sheet.
Bake about 12 min., or until golden brown on bottom.
Cookies harden on standing.
Store in airtight container with slice of apple to mellow them.

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