Molasses cookies are my all-time favorite cookie. They are an old fashioned kind of cookie, almost anything with molasses in it is old fashioned. My mom used to make them for me when I was young.
My mom passed away this year on Memorial Day (she would have said that the day was appropriate) and I miss her very much. She was feisty, sometimes bossy, kind and lived to serve others.
She would make my brother his favorite, pecan pie without the pecans, or would make my sister her favorite apricot filled sugar cookies. This was mine.
So I made them.
3/4 cup shortening (like Crisco)
1 cup sugar, plus more for rolling the cookies
1/4 cup molasses
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and get out an ungreased cookie sheet (I line them with parchment paper - they cook more evenly.)
Cream the shortening and sugar. To this, add the molasses and egg. Mix until smooth.
To the sugar mixture, add the baking soda, salt, flour, cinnamon and ginger.
Mix. This will be a stiff dough.
Form the dough into balls - I use a cookie scoop - and roll in sugar.
Place on a cookie sheet. Don't crowd the little balls, they will spread while they bake.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Don't over bake them.