I made the Spicy Ginger Mound cookies this afternoon. They are very nearly perfect.
The only change I will make to future batches is to cut the amount of clove. They are crunchy and sweet and perfect with a cup of tea. Here is the recipe:
Spicy Ginger Mounds
Sift together in one bowl:
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp salt
Cream together in separate bowl:
3/4 cup shortening OR margarine OR butter
1 cup sugar
Beat into creamed mixture:
1/4 cup molasses
Beat until light and fluffy. Stir in dry ingredients. Shape into small balls, roll in sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 325 for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
UPDATE: The cloves were only strong in the first couple of cookies. After sitting overnight, the clove taste went away. I am keeping the cloves at 1 tsp.