This sweet, chewy molasses cookie recipe called Crinkle Tops was the winner of the Good Morning America Christmas Cookie Contest in 2002. I bake them every Christmas and today I made them for my Knit Lit knitting circle. As always, everyone loved them so I am passing on the recipe:
Crinkle Tops by Elisa Leverton
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
4 Tablespoons dark molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 level teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups flour
1 cup golden raisins (optional)
1. Cream together shortening, sugar and egg until smooth.
2. Add the reamining ingredients and mix.
3. Form into walnut-sized balls and roll them in granulated sugar before placing them on an un-greased cookie sheet.
4. Allow room for the cookie to spread. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees, being careful not to overbake. (They will not be chewy if overbaked.)