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Filled Molasses Cookies

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  Shortening 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Packed brown sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Egg 1
  Molasses 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Soured milk/Buttermilk 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Gold medal flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Soda 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Cloves 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Orange marmalade/Cut-up dates / candied fruit / raisins 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)

Heat oven to 375° (quick mod.)- Mix shortening, sugar, and egg thoroughly.
Stir in molasses and milk.
Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting.
Blend dry ingredients; stir in.
If dough is too soft to roll, chill.
Roll dough, 1/3 at a time, as thin as possible (1/16" thick) on floured board.
Cut in 2" rounds.
Place 1/2 tsp.marmalade on half the rounds; cover with remaining rounds.
Top each cooky with a piece of cut-up date or candied fruit or a raisin.
Place on lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 min.

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