Henry Ford may have invented the assembly line, but I perfected it.
This recipe is my very favorite cookie both to eat and to bake. They are easy and steer clear of expensive ingredients, which is my kind of cookie. The fact that my husband calls them “Heroin Cookies” should give you some indication of how addictive they are. They also travel well when sent across country and seem to get better when they’re a few days old.
Do not replace the margarine with butter, as this causes the cookies to spread out too far, and make sure to thoroughly chill the dough, even between batches.
- 3/4 cup of margarine at room temperature (butter makes the cookies spread out too much and ruins the texture)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup molassesAdd dry ingredients to the wet until well mixed:
- 2 cups white flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp gingerPut cookie dough in the refrigerator to chill. This is also important so they don’t spread out too much while cooking. (I will often chill the dough overnight.)Scoop out a heaping Tbsp of the dough and roll into a ball. Roll in a sugar/ginger mix. (Maybe 1/4 cup sugar to 1-1/2 Tbsp ginger.)Place on a cookie sheet and mark with an “X” using a fork.Cook at 325 degrees for 8-9 minutes. They’re done when the tops are no longer shiny. It’s better to err on the side of undercooking so they’re nice and soft.
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