- 3/4 Cup Crisco® buttery flavor shortening
- 1 Cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 Cup molasses
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 Cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 Teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 Cup California natural or golden raisins
- Sugar; for coating
Melt shortening in small saucepan over low heat or in microwave-safe mixing bowl; cool slightly. Stir in sugar, molasses and egg; mix together well. Sift flour, soda, salt and spices together and add, a little at a time, to molasses mixture; stir to combine well after each addition. Add raisins and mix together thoroughly; wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 325°F. Divide into eighteen 2-ounce portions and roll into balls. Roll and coat balls generously with sugar, and arrange well apart on lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet; flatten slightly. Bake at 325°F for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.
Notes: Grandma O’Malley uses this recipe to make huge 4-ounce cookies, too. Just divide and shape the dough into 8 or 9 equal balls; roll in sugar, flatten and bake.