This is my mothers recipe. Ive never come across anything better for a molasses cookie. Full of flavor and so incredibly soft. Top it off with some frosting and your in pure heaven! They are so delicious that you wont just stop at one! Trust me! :)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream crisco shortening and sugar. Add molasses and eggs. Mix well. Then add water and vanilla and mix.
Add dry ingredients, flour, soda, salt, ginger, and cinnamon. Mix well until all is blended together. Drop by tablespoon full onto greased cookie sheet or line your pan with parchment paper for easy cleanup. (I used a small ice cream scoop to drop my mixture). Bake for 9 minutes. Do not overbake. Ovens vary and I have a new oven and it took 9 minutes. You may want to check at 7 minutes if you do smaller cookies. Let cool and frost.
This is a creamy mixture and makes a lot of cookies. These cookies freeze very well.
For frosting.....I just used 1 stick of butter, 3 cups of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix well and frost your cooled cookies.