Formed: Giant Ginger Cookies

posted by jgarcia 12-13-102 5:42 AM

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Giant Ginger Cookies
Reprinted from Better Homes & Gardens, November, 1998 issue.

4 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
4 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. shortening
2 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c. molasses
3/4 c. coarse sugar or granulated sugar

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening until softened. Gradually add the 2 cups granulated sugar; beat until fluffy. Add eggs and molasses; beat well. Add half of the flour mixture, beat until combined. Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon.

Using a 1/4-cup ice cream scoop, shape dough into 2-inch balls. Roll in the coarse or granulated sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet* about 2 1/2 inches apart.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are light brown and puffed. (Do not overbake or cookies will not be chewy.) Let stand for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cool.
Makes about 25 (4-inch) cookies.

NOTE: I baked 6 on a pan on a *Silpat baking sheet; I think any more might have run them together.

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