Amy's Ginger Cookies

Amy’s Ginger Cookies

1.5 cups of shortening     
2 cups white sugar
½ cup molasses
2 eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon salt


1.      Melt the shortening in a large pan on the stove; cool.
2.     Add sugar, eggs, and molasses and beat well.
3.     In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients.  Add to pan.  Mix well and chill for 3-4 hours or overnight.
4.     Form dough into walnut-size balls.  Roll in granulated sugar and place on cookie sheet 2-inches apart.
5.     Bake at 375 degrees, F.  (190 degrees, C.) for 8 to 10 minutes.
6.     Store in an airtight container to keep them from getting overly crisp.  If they do lose their softness, a good way to revive them is to place a piece of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours and they will be soft again!