4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons ground allspice
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
2 sticks (1 cup/8 oz/226g) unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 C), and lightly grease 2 large baking sheets.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, allspice and cinnamon.
In another large bowl with an electric mixer beat together butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy and beat in molasses. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture and combine well.
In a small shallow bowl put remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Form dough into 2-inch balls and roll in sugar. On baking sheets arrange balls about 4 inches apart and flatten slightly with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake cookies in batches in middle of the oven 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden. (Cookies should be soft.) Transfer cookies with a metal spatula to racks to cool.
Makes about 25 cookies.
Date: February 5, 2005