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I baked these today to bring up to a friend’s cottage for the long weekend.  I’ve already eaten waaaay too many of them.  Thought I’d pass the recipe along in case you’re a fan of ginger cookies too.



Mom’s Ginger Molasses Cookies



1/2 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening (not margarine) – this sounds sketchy but I promise the cookies taste so good
1/2 cup fancy molasses
4 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Cream together butter, shortening, and sugar until light coloured and fluffy.  Beat in molasses and eggs.  Set mixture aside.  In another bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.  Blend with wire whisk.  Gradually mix flour mixture into creamed ingredients until dough is blended and smooth.  Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls.  Dip tops into granulated sugar (I like using the coarse sugar).  Place 2 1/2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 11 minutes.