You will need:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg (room temperature)
granulated sugar for coating
Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Set aside.
Combine the brown sugar, shortening, molasses, and egg in a mixing bowl and mix until blended.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator (you can chill for a few hours or overnight)
When ready to bake:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and dip the tops in granulated sugar.
Arrange the balls with the sugar side up on your greased baking sheet.
Sprinkle each with 2-3 drops of water.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light brown.
(I bake right at 10 minutes and then take them out and set on the stovetop for a few minutes to warm!)
(by the way, my pan looks super nasty, but I swear it is clean...) I like to call this look, "distressed."
I like to take them out earlier, while they're still soft, and put them on top of the hot stove to warm there. I also give them a tap with the spatula to flatten them.
I'm off to run these crinkles off.......
**Recipe courtesy of Cameron Scott Stimson, via the Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro, AR; Rendezvous on the Ridge cookbook.