Mom's Soft Molasses Cookies

¾ cup non-hydrogenated shortening or butter (room temperature)
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup mild molasses
1 egg, well beaten
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
small dish of sugar**

Preheat oven to 350*F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking sheets.

Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add molasses and egg, mix well.

With mixer on low, slowly add flour until blended.

Shape dough into walnut-sized balls and roll in sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

*If the dough seems too soft for rolling, refrigerate for an hour before shaping.
**If desired, roll in red and green sugar for Christmas