Updated: 01/26/2017 9:25 AM | Print Story |  Email

Ginger Snaps

It just wouldn’t be the fair without Blue Ribbon Baker Marjorie Johnson!  For 35 years she has been entering recipes and winning blue ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair.  She shares a few of her favorites with us.

3/4 cups shortening
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup sugar (for dipping)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Cream shortening, brown sugar, molasses and egg in large bowl.  In separate bowl sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, blending until mixed.  Dough can be chilled for easy handling.

Shape the dough into balls the size of whole walnuts.  Roll balls in sugar, place on baking sheet.  Bake 8-9 minutes at 375 degrees.  Cool on sheet one minute before transferring to rack.

Makes 4 dozen