Soft and Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies are one of those treats I could probably eat every day for the rest of my life and never get tired of it. They are just SO perfectly spicy, chewy, soft and flavorful. It's basically a Christmas cookie dream come true!
Shape the dough into walnut-sized balls, about 1 and 1/2 inches across. Roll the dough in the sugar to coat completely, then place on a lined baking sheet with about 2 inches of space between each one.
Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes, just until the tops start to crack. As soon as you see cracks, take them out! Keep an eye on them, because every oven is different. If you let them bake too long, they will fall flat after you take them out of the oven.
Sprinkle with additional granulated sugar if you want, for extra sparkle.
Let cool on the pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. You have to eat at least one of these while they are warm, it's mandatory.
*Some people are anti-shortening. I'm obviously not! And shortening really does make for the SOFTEST cookies. If you would like to use all butter (or half butter half shortening) go for it! They will taste great, they will just crisp up a bit more once they cool.