Stella: Sugar & Spice and everything nice is exactly what makes up these chewy little snacks. Plus, there are only 3 grams of fat per cookie (only 61 calories!) These were a big hit at our house. Even after The Computer Man told me he did not like Gingersnap cookies, he ate 4 of them! But beware, this made a TON of cookies and I would recommend cutting the recipe in half if there are only 2 of you in your house. And now maybe Loki can finally get her cookie badge and impress Big T by just following my simple directions!
Okay here we go. Preheat over to 350 degrees. First you will need: 1 and 1/2 cups Crisco.... That's actually a ton of shortening, which why I would half that if you don't want 120 cookies.
Now in a large mixing bowl beat shortening for 30 seconds like so.
Add 2 cups of sugar. Wee!!!! In it goes!
Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally as I am demonstrating here in this lovely photo.
Beat in 2 eggs and 1/2 cup molasses, which for some reason we already had in our cupboard to use.
Watch here as I show you how to pour into a bowl... Marvelous work Stella.
Starting to mix it all up
The end result will look like this.
Now in a separate bowl you will add 4 tsp ginger, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp cloves. Make sure you have all of this on hand before you bake the cookies, as I had to run up to my Grandma's twice to borrow things we were out of.
You will mix all the spices up with 4 1/2 cups flour. Yowza. That's a lot. But check out my hand stirring up the spices into the flour. Do you think I could be a hand model... like George?
Add the flour into the mix. It will be a pretty crumby texture.
Now shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in a bowl of sugar (sorry, not pictured here. Try to figure it out yourselves though.) Hint: It should look like this!
Place the balls onto a cookie sheet lined with foil, spaced evenly apart.
Whoops, thought you might like to see an extra picture of the balls.
It's the big moment you've been waiting for. Time to put them in the oven for 8-9 minutes. I did a full 9 minutes, although you want to make sure NOT to overbake.
The tops should be puffed and the bottoms should be light brown.
Place on a wire rack to cool. And note that the insides will appear gooey like they are not done yet. But once you let them set, they will harden up and be perfectly chewy. I was afraid I didn't bake long enough, but didn't want to overbake. Once they had cooled on the wire rack, they were perfect.
And here is our finished product. You guys have worked so hard. You deserve to eat a few.
And as you can see here, I was not lying about the nutritional value.
Thanks for joining me! Be sure to let me know what other recipes you would like to read about!