Gather your ingredients: flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cloves, and cinnamon, an egg, sugar, molasses and crisco (sounds scary, but truly crisco has improved over the years, it's made of vegetable products and doesn't have trans fats). Remember, this is a treat! It's made with love to build sweet memories. It's not a health food!
Put your crisco in a small pot and heat it on a burner...
...until it's liquified. Then remove from the heat and cool.
Once cool, add sugar, molasses and an egg!
Once chilled, form cookie dough into one inch round balls about two inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet.
Let each cookie ball take a dip in the sugar bowl.
Anything coated with sugar has to be good, right!!! This was always my favorite "job" when I was young!!!
Place the Molasses cookie balls back onto the cookie sheet and then into the oven and cook at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
You may want to double your recipe! Your entire house will have a yummy, freshly baked cookies aroma and you're sure to have precious little hands reaching up for more!!! Should you be disciplined enough to have extras, the dough can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container.
A plate of cookies in the family room where my three sweet B's and their friends were watching the classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Movie broadcasted on CBS last night. And for the adults, cookies served with coffee (thanks Amy for letting us use your cup of coffee) or a spot of tea (for people like me who still haven't taken a liking to the the most popular drink since the mid 15th century)!
Mom's Chewy Molasses Cookies
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoot salt
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 and grease a cookie sheet. Melt shortening in a pot, remove and cool. Add sugar, molasses, and egg; beat well. Combine flour, spices, and salt. Mix molasses mixture into flour mixture. Mix well and chill. Form into 1 inch balls, roll the balls in granulated sgar and place on a greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies need to come out of the oven a little underbaked if you want them to be soft and chewy! Let the cookies cool before removing them from the pan.
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