Ginger and Molasses Cookies

3/4 cup soft shortening
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (if using self-rising flour, omit salt
and reduce soda to 1 tsp.)
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
granulated sugar

Mix shortening, brown sugar, egg, and molasses thoroughly. Measure flour
by dipping method or by sifting. Blend all dry ingredients; stir into
molasses mixture. Chill.
Heat oven to 375 F. Roll dough in 1 1/4 inch balls. Dip tops in sugar.
Place balls, sugared side up, 3 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Sprinkle
Each with 2 or 3 drops of water. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or just until set but
not hard. Makes 4 dozen.