These are one of my favorite cookies, but for some reason I never seem to make them. Anyway, I discovered I still had a lot of molasses left over from holiday gingerbread cookies and decided that it needed some love. Sweet sweet molasses love...*ahem*
Recipe and pictures under the cut as usual!
Ingredients! The sugar is back there too, I promise. Also you can use butter instead of shortening of course, but that was what I had on hand at the moment.
First cream together your shortening and sugar. I don't have one of those fancy Kitchenaid mixers, so I do it the old fashioned way. Elbow grease! Mmm..delicious!
Add the egg and molasses. Pretend like you don't constantly have really shaky hands....fail.
Mix that together really well.
Add in your flour and spices. You can go ahead and sift it, but I never bother. It's one more thing to clean and waaaay too much effort. Plus neither does Amy Sedaris..so..there?
Mix it well until everything is incorporated and dough starts to stick together.
Shape into roughly 1" balls and roll them around in sugar until coated.
Then pop them in the oven for 10 minutes or so until golden brown and crackled on top. The less perfect you made your balls, the more crackled they'll be.
Sorry, I didn't feel like getting a fancy plate all dirty just to take a picture. Plus I ate this like 30 seconds later. It was AWESOME. Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside. Just the way a cookie should be.
Now go make some!
3/4 cup shortening (or butter)
3/4 cup sugar (plus 1/4 cup for coating)
1/4 cup dark molasses
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven 375º. Cream together shortening and sugar. Add in egg and molasses, mix well. Add flour and spices and mix until all ingredients are incorporated and dough is still slightly crumbly (dough should stick together when squeezed though). Shape into 1" balls and roll in sugar until covered. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown and cracked on top. Place on wire rack to cool.
Makes 2 dozen.