From the, "Houston Junior League Cookbook," published in cooperation with your Daily InBox Newsletter.


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger

TO PREPARE:Cream shortening and sugar together.  Add molasses, then egg.  Sift together flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.  Add to sugar mixture and blend well.  Chill.  Form dough into small balls and roll in additional sugar.  Place on cookie sheets about 1-inch apart.  Flatten balls of dough with a glass tumbler.  Bake at 350 to 375 degrees for 15 minutes, or until crisp.  Remove cookies to wire racks and let cool.

YIELD:  about 5 dozen cookies

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