Molasses Cookies

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INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup white sugar

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
In a large bowl mix oil and 1 cup of sugar. Add egg, beat well. Stir in molasses, 2 cups flour, baking soda and spices. If necessary, add more flour to make a firm dough.
Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Roll in 1/3 cup sugar. Place 3 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until tops crack. Remove from baking sheet and cool on rack.

To make Soft Molasses Cookies:
INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)
2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
6 tablespoons cold water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
 

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
Sift together flour, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Mix together shortening, sugar, molasses and egg until creamy. Mix in the flour mixture alternately with the cold water. Mix in the baking soda and most of the raisins, reserving a few to sprinkle on tops of cookies.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake these for 12 minutes or until done.

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