I love crackles, chewy, dense, earthy, and they’re not popular with my generation! I may have to fight grandma, but I don’t worry so much about a bunch of twenty something’s. In the following recipe I switched out clove for cardamom & nutmeg combined. I just love what cardamom brings to the table, pun intended. I made 8 batches one year in one day for a senior group. Let’s just say its been a few years before I could face this delicious cookie in the kitchen once more! I’m definitely excited to get cracklin!
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light molasses
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1. Cream together shortening and brown sugar. Stir in egg and molasses and mix well. Fold in dry ingredients and stir. Cover and chill until firm (1 – 2 hours).
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
3. Roll dough into small balls (I use a small melon baller to help with this) and roll in white sugar. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets.
4. Bake 9 – 10 minutes. Leave on cookie sheet one minute until set.