I love these cookies so much; both my mom and grandma always referred to them as "Joe Froggers." The original recipe here makes 3 1/2 dozen ENORMOUS cookies, but I found out the hard way that the full recipe will NOT fit in a standard KitchenAid mixer! So, that having been said, I usually halve/half the recipe, make normal-sized cookies, reduce the baking time to 9-11 minutes, and end up with about 4 dozen. Enjoy!
3 c. butter-flavored shortening (I just use regular Crisco)
4 c. sugar
1 c. molasses
8 c. all-purpose flour
2 Tbl. plus 2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground ginger
In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses and eggs; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and ginger; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Shape 1/4 cupfuls of dough into balls; roll in sugar. Place four cookies on a greased baking sheet at a time.* Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes or until edges are set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
*Does anyone grease baking sheets anymore? I have a couple of non-stick ones, and on my half-sheet pans I either use parchment paper or my Silpat mats, so I never follow this direction in a recipe. Am I alone?