1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vinegar
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal flour (if using self-rising flour, omit baking soda and salt)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Raisins or cut-up citron

Heat oven to 400F. Mix shortening, sugar, molasses, buttermilk and vinegar. Blend in remaining ingredients except raisins. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 1/2" apart onto ungreased baking sheet. Press raisins on each cookie.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 1 minute before removing from baking sheet.

4 dozen cookies.