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Trade with the Carribean Islands provided Acadian and French-Canadian households with an abundance of molasses.  Cookies made with molasses eventually became an important addition to Acadians' holiday meals.  Culturally authentic molasses cookies should be big and soft with lots of ginger.        Recipe taken from A Taste of Acadia

Molasses Cookies

1/2 cup lard                                                                 1 tsp. salt

1 cup molasses                                                           1 tsp. ginger

1 tsp baking soda                                                        1/2 tsp cloves

1/4 cup hot tea or boiling water                                  1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 egg, beaten                                                                3  1/4 cup flour

Place the lard and the molasses in a pan and allow the lard to melt on medium heat.  Allow the mixture to cool.  Dissolve the baking soda in the tea and allow the tea to cool.  Put the molasses and lard mixture in a large bowl with a beaten egg and mix.  Add the water and the baking soda.  Sift the remaining ingredients together and blend them into the wet ingredients to form a relatively soft dough.  Roll the dough on a floured surface.  Cut the rolled dough into circles on a cookie sheet.  Bake the cookies at 375 F for about 15 minutes or until they are done.