It's amazing how well the spices in these cookies work. Individually, the spices are very strong flavors (smell them as you make these and you'll see). Together with a bunch of sugar, it's a deliciously spicy cookie.
Like most of my cookie recipes, this comes from my classic Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. There's a lot of stuff in here, I just never sat down and read it before. Growing up, it was always "the cookie recipe book".
Shortening and butter can basically be substituted one for the other. But, butter has a lot more liquid inside, which can make the cookies crispier as they bake, and butter melts at a lower temperature, which makes the cookies spread out more. I tend to use a combination of butter and shortening, which is a deviation from the original recipe.
- 1/2 c shortening
- 1 c butter
- 2 c sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c molasses
- 4 tsp ground ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 1/2 c flour
- 3/4 c sugar for coating
Preheat oven to 350°.
With a mixer, cream butter and shortening together for 30 seconds. Add sugar and mix together, scraping the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is mixed. Mix in eggs and molasses and beat until smooth. Add ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour in 2-3 batches, mixing until combined.
For sugar coating, put sugar on a plate or in a bowl. Roll dough into 1" balls, and then roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheet, about 2" apart. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned and tops are puffed and cracked.
Like most cookie recipes, start by creaming the fats together, incorporating some air into the mix.
Next add the sugar, which is an honorary part of the liquid ingredients.
Now add the rest of the liquid.
For the dry ingredients, first add the spices.
Then add the flour in 2 batches.
Roll the dough into 1" balls, and then roll them in the sugar before dropping on to baking sheets.
After 8-9 minutes, the top will look cracked, and the very bottoms will turn golden.
Store in an airtight container. The cookies will last about a week.