One of the PTA parents brought these cookies to a teacher workshop. We all had to have the recipe! Sometimes I make half the recipe; other times I freeze what I don't want to bake for another time.
4 cups flour 2 cups sugar
1 T baking soda ½ cup butter
2 t cinnamon 1 cup shortening
1 t EACH: salt, ginger, ½ cup molasses
and allspice 2 eggs
additional sugar for rolling (about ½ cup)
Combine dry ingredients in left-hand column; set aside. Beat together ingredients in right-hand column until light and creamy. Add dry ingredients. At this point you can refrigerate to make handling easier or not.
Form into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10-13 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet.
Makes 5-7 dozen
*Dough may be frozen for 2-3 weeks. Defrost in refrigerator for 2-4 hours or until soft enough to handle. Or cookies may be frozen. Or make half the recipe.