Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ginger Puff Cookies


Category: Cookies
Yield: 3 1/2 dozen
My 12 yr old loves to help prepare these cookies (he is the sugar man) almost as much as he loves to eat them!
I make different sizes, depending on how many I plan to share.

Ingredients:
3/4 c shortening
1 c sugar
1/4 c dark molasses
1 egg - beaten
2 c flour - all-purpose
2 T baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 t ginger, ground
1 t cinnamon, ground
1/4 t cloves, ground
coarse decorator sugar
Directions:
Cream the shortening; add sugar.
Add the egg & the molasses.
Sift the rest of the dry ingredients together and add to the mixture.
Chil dough 8 hours.
Form into about 1-inch balls and roll in coarse sugar.
Place about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350°F.
For 10.5 minutes for 1.25" cookies, 8.5 minutes for 1" and 6.5 minutes for 1/2" cookies.
Note: If using butter flavored crisco decrease oven temp to 325º.
Double Note: If you double the recipe use only 3T of baking soda (4T cause the cookies to be bitter)

Nutritional facts (daily value): Calories 3404kcal; Protein 32g (65%); Total Fat 161g (248%)(Sat. 64g (320%)); Chol. 298mg (99%); Carb. 459g (153%); Fiber 8g (34%); Sugars 249g; Calcium 273mg (27%); Iron 18mg (98%)

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