• 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.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 210 (Calories from Fat 37%); Total Fat 9 ( Saturated Fat 2; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 10; Sodium 210; Potassium 155; Total Carbohydrate 32; Dietary Fiber 1; Sugars 20; Protein 2; Calcium 18; Iron 1;

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