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Old Fashioned Molasses Cookiescookies

       3/4 cup shortening                      2 cups flour
       1 cup sugar, plus more for            1/2 teaspoon salt
            coating the dough  balls          1/2 teaspoon cloves
       1/4 cup dark molasses                 1/2 teaspoon ginger
       1 egg                                       1  teaspoon cinnamon
       2 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat oven to 350°F.    

Combine shortening, sugar, egg and molasses. Add the spices. Combine the baking powder, the flour, and the salt and add to the molasses mixture a little at a time, until completely mixed. Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and then roll in sugar until completely coated. Bake about 2" apart on a cookie sheet in the oven just until the cookies flatten out and the tops crack.  DO NOT OVER BAKE - COOKIES WILL NOT BE AS CHEWY.

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