Although I usually post recipes on another page, Danielle Bean plans to host a Christmas cookie carnival, and it makes more sense to put this recipe here. The recipe is from Cookies! A Cookie Lover’s Collection. I wish all cook books came with full color photos of the final product like this one does. Years ago, Bill came home from work after shopping at a book fair and told me he had gotten me a present. I took one look and asked if he got it for me or for him. It doesn’t matter now; everybody here loves this book. The kids pore over it like it was a toy catalog.
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup light molasses
2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp salt
Heat oven to 350 deg. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, shortening, molasses and egg. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Beat at low speed until soft dough forms.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, or until set. Cool completely before storing. Freezes well. Makes 5 dozen.
These sound delicious! You may also want to look at The All American Cookie Book by Nancy Baggett. Great pictures, great recipes, and great bits of American history and culture.
Oooohhh…I’ve added it to my wish list. Looks good.
Oh my….I will HAVE to make some of those. My Boy Scout will just love them! They’ll be just the thing to come home to after a cold, wet camping weekend.
Michelle, these cookies are FABULOUS! They have passed the Big Brother taste test with flying colors. I will have to hide them if I want any extra for the meeting that’s at my house tonight!