Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 3-1/2 dozen cookies
Dietary guidance: v n d
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Additional sugar for rolling
In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg and molasses.
Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Roll into 1-in. balls; roll in additional sugar.
Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets or sheets lined with parchment paper.
Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.
Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set (do NOT over bake).
Do not let cookies turn brown; they will look a bit undercooked when they come out and that's what makes them chewy rather than crumbly.
Remove to wire racks to cool.