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Molasses Cookies
Marguerite Fernland Youle Moncelle

McLean County, Illinois
(Transcribed by: Teri Moncelle Colglazier)

1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg
3 teaspoons soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
4-1/2 cups flower (if too sticky add more)

Roll out and bake at 375 degrees about 10 to 12 minutes.

Makes about 4 dozen.

(Transcriber note: Another great cook in my family! We never had to fear going hungry when we visited Aunt Marguerite each summer. In fact, I would lay odds we left heavier than we arrived!)

Marguerite was born in Bellflower, McLean County, Illinois on 5 Aug 1918 to S. Webber & Ruth Fernland Youle. She married Eldon LeRoy Moncelle (son of Charles LeRoy "Roy" & Jennie Catherine Harms Moncelle) on 30 Jun 1945 at the St. Lukes Methodist Church in Columbus, Georgia (by Rev. Mack Anthony) when Eldon was stationed there during WWII. Even though they settled in Harvard, Illinois they maintained their close ties with friends and family in McLean County and both are buried at the Riverside Cemetery in Saybrook, Illinois.

[Moncelle Family Records]


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