i would never have guessed that a ginger cookie would make my short list of favorite cookies. but anyone i've known who has ever tried these is instantly addicted. they are soft, full of flavor, with a little crunch from the sugar on top, they are just magnificent. granny lanny (aunt lanny) is famous for these cookies (and a few other gems. gems.) she is a fabulous cook and she has been gracious enough to share her famous ginger crinkle recipe. try it, trust me with the addiction. and trust my friends, who i know will comment, because the love of this cookie spreads to anyone who tastes it. prepare yourself.
granny lanny's famous ginger crinkles
8 cups flour
2 2/3 cups oil
4 cups sugar
4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup molasses
8 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons ginger
enough cinnamon sugar to dip dough balls
granny lanny's instructions: mix all ingredients. roll in balls and dip in cinnamon sugar mixture.
a bit more help from me:
cream together oil, sugar, and molasses. beat in eggs one at a time. mix together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and ginger. add flour mixture into egg-sugar mixture. roll into walnut sized balls and roll in cinnamon sugar. place on a greased cookie sheet 2" apart. press tops of cookies down with the bottom of a glass. bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
*fyi, grannt lanny has a ginormous family and this recipe makes at least four times what most cookie recipes do. yesterday i made a quarter of this recipe and ended up with about 15 cookies.
to save you the math:
ginger crinkles, a quarter recipe
1/2 cup oil, plus scant 2 Tablespoons
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup molasses
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger