Darcy's Magnificent Molasses Cookies


1-1/2 cups butter, softened 
2 cups granulated sugar 
2 eggs 
1/2 cup molasses 
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
2 teaspoons baking soda 
3 teaspoons ground ginger 
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
1 teaspoon ground cloves 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
3/4 cup coarse (turbinado) sugar, or granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Shape dough into 2-in. balls and roll in coarse sugar. Place 2-1/2-in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 13-15 minutes or until tops are cracked. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 dozen.