Molasses Crinkle Cookies
¾ cup shortening
½ cup sugar
|¼||cup brown sugar, packed|
|2 ½||cups flour|
|2||teaspoons baking soda|
|¼||teaspoon ground cloves|
|Granulated sugar, for garnish|
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the shortening and sugars until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 8 minutes. Add egg and beat just until blended. Add molasses and beat well.
In a medium bowl, combine flour with baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Stir half the flour mixture into the creamed mixture with a large spoon, blending well. Stir in the remaining flour mixture to create a soft dough.
Roll tablespoons of cookie dough into balls with floured hands and place them 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheat oven 8 to 9 minutes until the edges are firm and centers are soft with crinkles. Remove them from the oven, sprinkle them with sugar, and set them aside 1 minute to cool slightly. While cookies are still warm, transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.
Recipe makes 3 ½ dozen 3-inch cookies.