Monday, July 15, 2013

Ginger Cookies - Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook

When my husband was going through treatment for cancer this was one of the few foods he could eat and not get sick. 

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
3/4 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the 2 cups sugar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and molasses until combined. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour mixture.

Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in 3/4 cup sugar. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes (I baked them for 12 minutes. You may have to adjust the cooking time.) or until bottoms are light brown and the tops are puffed. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

Makes 120 cookies. ( I got about 90. It is hard to say the exact number because my husband was eating some as I was baking them. )

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