3/4 cup butter- softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup crystallized ginger- minced (make it a "heavy" 1/2 cup- ie: full)
Combine butter, sugar, molasses & egg- beat well.
Sift together dry ingredients & add to wet mixture- mix well.
Add the minced ginger- mix well. Chill the mix for 1 hour+
Preheat oven to 375°
Using a small ice cream scoop- form 1- inch balls and roll in granulated sugar (i use a mix of white & raw sugar) Place on a greased cookie sheet (or use Reynold's Heavy Duty Non-Stick Foil- it works like a dream!) 2 inches apart.
Bake 8-10 min (8 for chewy. 10 for less chewy. i do 8.)
Makes about 3 dozen.
Enjoy & God Bless