Molasses Crinkles

Ingredients
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar (for rolling the dough balls)
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, shortening, egg, and molasses until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves; stir dry ingredients into molasses mixture. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.
  2. Place granulated sugar in a small bowl. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls; roll each ball in granulated sugar.  Place on a very lightly greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for a total of 9 - 12 minutes. Part way through baking (see times below), gently shake the cookie sheet and lightly press down on the tops of the baking cookies to produce a crinkled, cracked surface. {FOR LOTS OF SMALL CRINKLES: press cookies down after about 5 minutes of baking.  FOR LARGER CRINKLES: Press cookies down after about 7 1/2 minutes of baking.  Then continue baking until the total baking time of 9 - 12 minutes is done.}
Makes about 3 dozen.

Enjoy!


Source:  The Kitchen is My Playground
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