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2 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. hot water
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. molasses
1 egg
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. cold coffee or water
1/2 c. raisins
2 1/4 c. sifted flour

Dissolve soda in hot water. Stir well. Set aside to
cool. Cream shortening until light and fluffy. Gradually add
sugar and molasses and cream. Stir in unbeaten egg. Beat
well. Sift flour, ginger, cinnamon and salt and add alternate-
ly with coffee to the shortening mixture. Stir in soda. Add
all but a few of the raisins. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls
2-inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle remaining
raisins over tops of unbaked cookies. Bake at 400 degrees for 12
minutes or until browned. Makes 2 dozen.

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