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Chewy Ginger Cookies

 Chewy Ginger Cookies
These moist, delicious ginger cookies have an old-fashioned appeal that'll take you back to Grandma's kitchen. I'm never surprised when these treats quickly disappear from my cookie jar.—Bernice Smith, Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota
48 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Beat in the egg, molasses and vanilla. Combine dry
  • ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls; roll in remaining sugar. Place 1-1/2 in. apart
  • on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to
  • wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 73 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 53 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.