This recipe goes back to my great grandmother and maybe before. These cookies are great with a cup of tea! The color of your cookies will vary depending on what type of molassas you use, light molassas will give you a light brown, dark molassas a dark brown and black strap molassas very dark brown. All varieties work fine and I use whatever I happen to have on hand.
Add next three ingredients together into the first 6 ingredients
Add flour mixing well until a nice dough is produced
Roll dough into a tube shape and wrap in cellophane or wax paper and chill thoroughly.
Drop 2-3 teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet, sprinkle with a bit of coarse sugar or minced crystalized ginger. Bake at 350 F for 12-14 minutes. (if you are using vegetable shortening reduce cooking time to 10-12 minutes)