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These cookies are almost like a bread and so good right from the oven with a little butter on top and a big cup of coffee. Children love them with milk. I usually make a few big ones for the grandkids but you can make any size you like.1 cup shortening (I use Crisco) 1/4 cup white sugar (You can use splenda or a sweetener in this recipe, too) 1 cup molasses (I used sorghum molasses but you can use any molasses) 1 cup buttermilk 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoons ginger (Could add other spices such as cinnamon and cloves as well) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour (I used all 4 cups) Cream shortening, sugar, molasses and buttermilk with a mixer. Add baking soda, salt, ginger and vanilla and continue mixing. Add flour a cup at a time until mixture is thick enough that you can pinch off pieces and roll into balls about the size of a walnut. (Note: I mix in 2 cups and mix with mixer, then start adding more flour and mix with a spoon until the right consistency to handle). Place walnut sized balls onto a greased cookie sheet and flatten. (I just use my hand to flatten). Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen depending on size you make them. Enjoy! Don’t Forget to Pin!
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