These cookies are one of my favorite Christmas cookies. My mom made them for us every year and they have now become a tradition in my own home.
Make sure you save some for Santa!
3/4 cup shortening, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves ; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls, then roll in sugar.
Place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 8-12 minutes or until golden. Don’t overbake, cookies should be slightly soft when removed from oven.
Cool on baking sheet for a few minutes then transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.
Makes about 40 cookies.