These cookies are awesome! I made them for our guests today, and we all had more than we should... Everybody got really hyper towards the end. After all, they are rolled in sugar! Each bite is full of gingery, molasses goodness, sure to please any crowd.
I'm using the recipe off the Golding Farms molasses bottle... I have no clue where we purchased it, but it is all natural and unsulphured.
1 C white sugar 2 C flour
3/4 C soft butter, shortening, 2 tsp. baking soda
or margarine 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 C molasses 1/2 tsp. each of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves
In a large bowl, combine sugar, butter, molasses, and egg. Blend well. Stir in remaining ingredients and blend well. Chill dough for easier handling.
Lightly grease (not oil) cookie sheets. Heat oven to 375. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place two inches apart on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly with the bottom of a drinking glass. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges have set. Cool 1-2 minutes before removing from sheet.
I made up the dough into balls, rolled them in the sugar, cooked half the batch, and froze the other half. When you want to bake the frozen batch, you just thaw about 3 hours in advance, place on cookie sheets, flatten, and you're good to go!