This family recipe will make your house smell amazing! They are very easy to make, and the recipe doubles well! (These pictures are a doubled recipe)

Step 1: Assemble your ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins
  • Additional sugar
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Step 2: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.

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TIP: Measure your dry ingredients on a piece of waxed paper. Any excess can then be put back into your storage container!

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Step 3: In the large bowl of a mixer, cream together the shortening and sugar. Then, beat in the egg and molasses.

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Step 4: Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mix well. Mix in the raisins. The dough will be a bit stiff.

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Step 5: Preheat oven to 375ºF. Form the dough into walnut-sized balls. 

TIP: Wear latex gloves, the cookie dough won't stick to your hands! 

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Step 6: Roll in additional sugar.

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Step 7: Place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Continue with the remainder of the dough. 

TIP: Roll all the cookie dough first, then place on cookie sheets to bake-Great time saver!

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Step 8: Place about 2" apart on a greased cookie sheet. 

TIP: Use parchment paper instead of greasing the pan...less mess, less chance of burning!

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Step 9: Bake 8 to 10 minutes on a center oven rack. After removing from oven, let cool 2-3 minutes on the pan to allow them to harden a bit.

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Place on a wire rack until completely cooled.

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And there you have it! Each batch makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies. Enjoy!

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Lori Dorman