Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies

4 1/2 cups of flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup sugar put aside in a bowl

In a large mixing bowl beat the shortening on low speed until it is softened.  Add the sugar, eggs, and molasses.  Add the dry ingredients and mix well.  Shape into the size ball to make small, medium or large cookies. For instance if you want giant cookies use about a 1/4 cup of mixture.  If you want smaller cookies like the ones I have pictured above make walnut size balls or a little larger.

Roll the balls in granulated sugar and place on greased baking pans.  Bake at 350 for about 14 minutes – check for brownness.  If you over bake the cookies will be crunchy, I did some for 16 minutes to have crunchy cookies and some at 13 to 14 minutes to have chewy.

The walnut size balls will give you about 4 to 5 dozen cookies.  Large will give you about 2 dozen.