These cookies are SOOOO yummy! They really satisfy a craving for ginger.
Preheat oven to: 350 degrees
Makes: about 24 big cookies
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teapsoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup molasses
3/4 cup turbinado sugar
In a medium bowl stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the 2 cups sugar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and molasses untilcombined. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour mixture.
Shape the dough into 2-inch balls using a 1/4 cup measure or scoop. Roll balls in the 3/4 cup turbinado sugar. Place 2 1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookies sheet.
Bake in a 350 oven for 11 to 13 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned and tops are puffed (do not overbake). Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
From The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook