Ginger Gems

     3/4 c vegetable shortening

     1 c sugar

     1 egg

     1/4 c molasses

     2 c flour

     2 tsp baking soda

     1 tsp cinnamon

     1 tsp ground ginger

     1/2 tsp ground cloves

     1/2 tsp salt

     1/2 c Maui gold coarse sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line airbake cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.  Cream shortening and sugar.  Add egg and molasses.  Add flour mixture.  Using a #60 (2 tsp) disher, portion dough and roll sparingly in Maui gold coarse sugar.  Place 2" apart on prepared cookie sheets (15 per sheet).  Bake 15 minutes.  Cool for a minute before attempting to remove to cooling racks.  Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

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