Step 2: Making The Mix

For equipment you will need a large bowl and a mixer.  First you must cream the 3/4 cups of shortening with the cup of sugar so it looks like one ingredient.  I did this step by hand but its very hard to get off anything.  Then beat in one egg and molasses(since the molasses sticks I added a little extra to the measuring cup).  Now combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon,and salt.  The main image is what the mix should look like when you are all done.

Surely your great-grandmother didn't use shortening in the original recipe. Do you know if she used butter or lard?
Very good!&nbsp; I added about 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves to make them a little spicier.<br />
Great idea I will try it next time I make them.<br />
<p><em>My favorite cookies! I can't wait to bake them. Thank you</em></p>
There really good, I like mine less cooked and soft.<br />

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