Recipes from Spider Gap

Gran’s Molasses Sugar Cookies


¾ cup shortening

1 cup sugar

¼ cup molasses

2 eggs

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon allspice


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Soften shortening and stir in sugar and molasses. Let the shortening cool if it is hot after softening. Add eggs. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix with the wet ingredients. Chill dough in refrigerator until malleable. (If you do not wish to wait for the dough to chill, simply drop spoonfulls of the dough into a bowl of sugar and moosh the sticky dough into a roughly ball-shaped glob that is of course covered in sugar.) Roll dough into one inch balls. Roll balls in sugar. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for ten minutes. Makes 2-3 dozen. Serve with a cup of warm tea and keep away from small dogs.