Makes 10-12 giant cookies or 36 regular sized cookies
1 cup sugar
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.