giant ginger cookies recipe
Recipe type: dessert
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  • 1½ cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 4½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons very finely grated fresh ginger (my addition to my mum's recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • white sugar, for dredging
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together shortening and sugar, then add eggs one at a time, beating in between each addition.
  3. Stir in molasses and freshly grated ginger.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and spices.
  5. Slowly add the dry mixture into the wet, mixing to combine without overmixing.
  6. Prepare a parchment lined baking sheet (or without parchment). Prepare dough in tablespoonfuls, rolling into smooth balls and dredging in sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on baking sheet, pressing down slightly to flatten. If in a humid kitchen, refrigerate the dough a few minutes before baking. Cookies will spread some and form a crackled surface when baking. Bake about 12 minutes.
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