These are not the usual cookie. This unique cookie is large, soft, and not too sweet but wonderfully spicy. They are great with a cup of tea or coffee. My husband's mother has had this recipe handed down for several generations. These are true old German/Dutch Molasses Cookies, circa 1850-1870s.
1Mix shortening and brown sugar with a mixer. Add molasses and mix. Set aside.
Mix coffee, salt, and baking soda together and set aside.
Mix spices with the flour, and then mix all ingredients together well.
2Cover and refrigerate overnight in a 1 gallon freezer bag. (Dough also freezes well and can be used at a later date).
3Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Generously dust board with flour then roll out ½ to ¾ inches thick with a 2 ½ inch round cutter.
4Place far apart on greased baking sheet. (I only get 8 on one baking sheet).
Use two pans and do not put both pans in the oven at the same time. Bake on parchment paper lined cookie pan until when lightly touched, no finger imprint remains. Bake for 18-24 minutes (Do not overbake).