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Old Time Molasses Cookies

As long as I can remember, these have been a favorite of mine. These rich, dark, cookies are full of flavor. Although this is not my grandmothers' recipe, this is close to the taste I remember growing up.

1 cup  molasses
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 stick butter
1 egg
3 1/2 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
sugar to roll cookies dough balls

Begin by creaming the molasses, butter, brown sugar, shortening, and egg for several minutes, until smooth and creamy. I usually go about 10 minutes. The mixture will be light and fluffy. Add other ingredients and mix until combined. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
Pour white sugar in a dish.

Scoop the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and roll the top in sugar. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and lightly push down on the top of the dough ball. Sprinkle with a little more sugar.

Place in a preheated 375 degree oven, baking about 12 to 15 minutes. Sides should be slightly brown with a soft center. Allow to cool two minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to wire cooling rack. Pour yourself a large glass of milk and enjoy these yummy treats.