Giant Ginger Cookies

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sparkledgingercookies

1-1/2 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
½ cup molasses
4-1/2 cups flour
4 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
¾ cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together shortening and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and molasses. Add dry ingredients except remaining ¾ cup sugar and mix in on low speed. Shape dough into 2-inch balls and roll in the sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes; then transfer to wire rack to cool.

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