Christmas Molasses Cookies

Traditional sweets for the holidays made simple – Christmas Molasses Cookies, a perfect cookie to bake with your favorite little chef - cooking with loved ones, always a little jewel.

Makes about 36 cookies

3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
Extra granulated sugar for coating cookies

Combine oil, sugar, molasses, and the egg in a large bowl and beat with a fork until smooth.

Sift together flour, soda, spices and salt; add to the oil mixture and beat until smooth.
Chill the dough for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Form the dough into 1 inch balls then roll in granulated sugar. Place on a ungreased sheet pan and bake for 8 minutes.

COOK'S NOTES: Use a neutral flavor vegetable oil such as canola or safflower. These cookies are simple to make, great for young cooks. No special equipment is required; a fork and a wooden spoon are all that are needed to mix the dough. I also rolled the dough in a bit of coarse sanding sugar for added crunch.