only the best cookies in the world, that's all

Fact: I have about three cookie recipes that I use. Seriously. I just kinda rotate through them. And this? My husband's favorite. (Ok, he loves snickerdoodles, too.) And everyone else loves them, too. I don't think I've met anyone that can turn them down. The best part? They're super-easy, and the recipe makes about seven hundred and twenty-three. So now I'm sharing with you.

So without further ado: here is the amazing amish molasses cookie recipe.

Preheat oven to 350. Melt 2 1/4 c shortening. (I prefer vegetable shortening, personally.) Mix in: 3 cups sugar, 3/4 c molasses, and 3 eggs. Stir in 6 c flour, 2 tbl soda, 1 1/2 tsp cloves, 1 1/2 tsp ginger, 1 tbl cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp salt. At this point the recipe offically says to chill the dough, but I never have time. So I just scoop it into balls, roll them in granulated sugar, and bake for 9 minutes. The sugar rolling and short baking time are KEY: they give you a very crisp outside with a moist delicious middle. Pull the cookies out while they are still puffy and let them at least partially cool on the cookie sheets. Makes about six dozen.

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