Cookie Jar Gingersnaps


* 3/4 cup shortening

* 1 cup sugar

* 1 egg

* 1/4 cup molasses

* 2 cups all-purpose flour

* 2 teaspoons baking soda

* 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* Additional sugar


* In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

* Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls. Dip one side into sugar; place sugar side up 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned and crinkly. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 3-4 dozen.