|Light molasses||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Shortening||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), melted|
|Sifted all purpose flour||3 Cup (48 tbs)|
|Sugar||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Baking soda||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Tiny multicolored candies||1 Tablespoon|
|Confectionery sugar||1 Tablespoon|
Beat the egg well; blend in the molasses and shortening.
Sift the flour with the sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
Gradually add to the molasses mixture, mixing at first with a spoon, then kneading by hand until well blended.
Roll the dough into balls the size of marbles.
Roll some in the colored candies to coat completely; leave the remaining balls plain to be rolled in confectioners' sugar after baking.
Place an inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake in a 350° oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove at once from the cookie sheet.
Roll the plain cookies in confectioners' sugar while warm.