Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mom's Best Christmas Ginger Cookies

In our house, it's all about the cookie at Christmas time.  We do a lot of baking during the holidays and we eat a lot of cookies.  A favorite in our house are Mom's Ginger Cookies. These are big and moist and almost like potato chips....where you just can't eat one.  I've been making these for a long long time and can't even remember where this recipe came from.  

These are my husbands favorite.  And let me tell you..... he is very picky about his sweets.  No dry crumbly cookies for him.  If it's not a really really good cookie, he isn't eating it.  :)

In the spirit of Christmas, I want to share what might become one of your holiday favorites too.
Mom's Ginger Cookies
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp of baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp of salt

1 1/2 cups of shortening
2 cups of granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup of molasses
3/4 cup sugar (to roll cookies in)

Preheat oven to 350.  Put your dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  Beat shortening for a 30 seconds and add the 2 cups of sugar.  Then add two eggs and molasses and beat well. Beat in half of the flour and then slowly add the rest.  Mix will be stiff.  

Shape dough into 2 inch balls, roll in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes or until light brown and puffed.  (Every oven is different and the size of your dough balls will determine if you cook shorter or longer).  If you overbake, your cookies will be dry and that defeats the whole point of this cookie. Better to undercook a little.  :)   

I'm baking these today if anyone wants to come over.