Mrs. Good’s Ginger Cookies (p. 235) are good but they don’t have any ginger listed in the ingredients, at least not in the 1906 Berlin Cook Book! I would call them soft molasses cookies. They are a good basic and easy to make cookie. I imagine these in cookie jars around Berlin in 1912 ready to grab after school or to fill the last little space after a meal. They are made with lard but shortening would probably work. Adding a little ginger might make them even better. I used a large egg and followed the directions. I used a teaspoon to place them on the cookie sheets and baked for around 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. They spread a little.
1 cup lard, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 cup molasses, 2 teaspoons soda dissolved in 1/3 cup hot water, 4 1/2 cups flour. Beat lard, sugar, egg and molasses together, and then add hot water and soda, and flour. Drop from a spoon.