Giant Ginger Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chunks

Makes 10-12 giant cookies or 36 regular sized cookies

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
2 cups dark chocolate chunks (or chips)

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream sugar and shortening until light and fluffy.  Add molasses and egg and continue to blend until fully incorporated.  Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices and mix until just incorporated.  Blend in chocolate chunks.

Drop heaping scoops (we used a 1/4 cup measure) of cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or into the cups of a muffin top pan.  Sprinkle each cookie with some sugar.  Bake until cookies are puffed and just started to brown, about 11-13 minutes.  Transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.

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