The Shopping List: shortening, molasses

Preheat the oven to 350°

In a mixing bowl, cream together:
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar

1 egg
1/4 cup molasses

In a separate bowl, combine
2 1/4 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger and cinnamon

Gradually integrate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Dip the top of each ball into sugar and place on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle drops of water on each ball. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Take the cookies out of the oven when baked and tap the sheet against the countertop to make the cookies flatten out a bit more.