A Welsh friend passed this recipe on to me. Vinegar adds a very faintly sour taste that enhances this cookie.
INGREDIENTS (for 7 servings):
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup corn syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
- 1 cup shortening
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 baking sheets.
Combine flour, baking soda, and spices. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in the egg. Beat in the corn syrup and cider vinegar. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
On a floured surface, roll out dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Using a 1 1/2 inch round cookie cutter, cut dough into rounds and place 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8-12 minutes--until firm to the touch. Transfer to wire racks to cool.