amish ginger cookies

I love ginger cookies. Especially the ones that are moist, chewy, and slightly spicy. I do not remember where I found this recipe, but I've been making it for quite a few years. It is always a hit at parties, everyone loves them for their pretty round shape, the sparkle, and of course their flavor. It is hard not to eat them all myself, so I only make them when I have somewhere to take them. Enjoy!

Amish Ginger Cookies 
makes approx 50

3/4 cup butter, softened (1.5 sticks)
3/4 to 1 cup granulated sugar (depends how sweet you like your cookies, I prefer them less sweet)
1 egg
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
white or colored sanding sugar, for decorating (can use regular granulated sugar)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a bowl, beat together butter and 1 cup sugar until creamy. 
3. Add egg and molasses and beat until combined. 
4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. 
5. Roll dough (or use a mellon baller) into 1-inch balls, then roll them in the extra granulated sugar. 
6. Place balls on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 6 or 7 minutes.
7. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet, then remove to finish cooling on wire racks.
8. EAT and enjoy!



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