Molasses Spice Cookies

Makes 5 dozen

1 1/2 C shortening
2 C white sugar
2 L eggs
1/2 C molasses
4 C flour
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda

1/2 t salt
2 t ground ginger
2 t ground cinnamon
1 t ground nutmeg
1/2 t ground cloves
1/2 t ground allspice
1 1/2 - 2 C big crystal sugar

Method: Preheat oven to 375F. Beat shortening at med speed until fluffy. Gradually add sugar. Add eggs and molasses and beat well. Sift flour and remaining ingredients except the crystal sugar. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients at low speeds, a little at a time. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Shape into 1" balls, roll thoroughly in the sparkling sugar and place 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 min (should be soft, don't overcook). Cool completely on wire racks.