Source of Recipe
From the novel "Chopping Spree" by Diane Mott Davidson
List of Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 tsp very finely minced lemon zest
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter 2 cookie sheets.
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, butter, and sugar until very light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the egg, molasses and lemon zest until well combined. Stir in the flour mixture until well combined, with no traces of flour visible.
Using a one tablespoon scoop, measure the cookies onto the cookie sheets, keeping them 2 inches apart. Do NOT attempt to make more than one dozen per sheet.
Bake the batches one at a time just until the cookies have puffed and flattened and have a crinkly surface, 9-12 minutes per batch. Cool the cookies for 1 minute before removing to racks.
Cool the cookies completly on racks. ENJOY!
Makes 32 Cookies