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Sugar and spice cookie

Sugar and spice cookie
Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

My grandma Elizabeth made many cookies and candies at Christmas. I loved these cookies as a child, and they're still one of my favorites. As a child, I felt very important rolling the dough into balls, which, as instructed by ... Read more

Total time: 45 minutes | Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups (8½ ounces) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Step 1Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 3 to 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together the shortening and 1 cup sugar. Add the egg and molasses, and mix well.

Step 3In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Add this to the shortening mixture and combine.

Step 4Using your hands, form the dough into 1-inch balls, and roll in sugar to coat. Space the balls 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake the cookies until browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the baking sheets and cool on wire racks.


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