Just in time for the holidays, here is a recipe that is from my grandmother, the best cookie-baker of all times. She makes the most amazing sugar cookies. But I'm holding that recipe in my secret stash. Sorry
Grandma Gordon's Chewy Ginger Cookies Makes ~ 2 dozen cookies 1 egg, beaten 1 cup white sugar 3/4 cup shortening (I used butter) 1/4 cup molasses 2 cups white flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 2 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup coarse sugar for coating cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a handheld mixer to beat sugar into beaten egg in a large mixing bowl. Next mix in shortening and molasses and beat until well-mixed. Mix in flour, spices, baking soda and salt. Roll ~1 1/2 Tbsp dough into a ball, then roll in coarse sugar. Place balls onto a greased baking sheet, spaced 2" apart. Do not flatten balls. Bake for ~10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, HFS