Don’t let the title fool you (not the Grandma part…these are from Derek’s gran) but the sugar cookie part. There is no chill time in the fridge or rolling out of these cookies. My 4 year old could make these with me w/ no problem. They are addictive so beware. We often double the recipe and save half the dough in the freezer. We can enjoy them twice as often.
3/4 cup shortning or margarine (NOT butter)
1 c sugar
1/4 c molasses
Cream the shorting and sugar until fluffy and then add egg and molasses.
2 c flour
2 t baking soda
1/2 t cloves
1/2 t ginger
1 t cinnamon
Combine the dry ingredients and mix in w/ the butter mixture. If the dough is a little bit sticky, chill for a few minutes but don’t add more flour. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll in white sugar. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes in a 375 degree oven. The cookies will look puffed up and the center will be cracked. The edges should look dry. They will be a little underdone but will finish cooking while they cool on the pan.
Cook on the pan for a few minutes and then move to a wire rack. They should stay chewy for days.