Chewy Ginger Spice Cookies


1 1/2 C Shortening
2 C sugar
2 eggs
1/2 C molasses
1/2 t salt
4 t baking soda
2 t baking powder
2 t cinnamon
2 t ginger
2 teaspoons allspice (the recipe calls for cloves, but I wanted less breath-mint and more ginger-cookie taste)
4 C flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, combine all ingredients except flour into bowl. Mix well for about a minute or so until airy. Add flour a little at a time until blended. Form into small balls, roll in the raw sugar, and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly and cook for 7 and a half minutes. (The recipe said 8 to 10. I think that would make them too done!)

(Recipe credit, Linda Egan, Salt Lake City Utah. Recipe from Butler 19th Ward Recipe Collection, published 1978) Photos copyright Camine Pappas 2013.

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