This is my mother-in-law's recipe. Now, if you've been paying attention, you'd know that I'm not actually married (minor detail). However, although there isn't a piece of paper making us legally a family I still consider my boyfriends family, family.
The first time I had one of these cookies was before I had even met Mai. She was sweet enough to mail me a little package of them during Christmastime. And I knew the second I put one of these suckers in my mouth that I MUST have the recipe, and my life would never be the same. I couldn't stop eating them.
Shortly after that I received a little recipe book in the mail, hand-written mind you, of some of her recipes including this one. Best day ever!
These cookies are so yummy, they're soft and chewy and incredibly flavorful. Your taste buds will do a little dance, and your salivary glands will water until there's no tomorrow... or just until the cookies are all gone.
Oh yeah, one more, itty-bitty, minor detail I forgot to mention; Mai is a baker, she does this for a living and has been for 20 some-odd years. She, ah-hem, knows her shit. So trust me, you want to eat this cookie!
2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup dark molasses
4 cup flour
4 tsp baking soda
1 tbs ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
- Cream the sugar, oil, molasses, and eggs together in a mixer.
- Add the flour mixture to the molasses mixture and blend until combined.
- Take bits of dough and roll into about 1 inch balls.
- Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Measure out about 1/4 cup granulated sugar and put into a bowl. Using the flat bottom of a glass dip the bottom into the sugar and press onto cookie balls flattening just slightly, re-dip in sugar as necessary.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, remove when still soft and place on cooling rack
Then do what I do and eat these cookies until you can't move, because that's just how I roll!