• 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Melt shortening over low heat; let cool.
  2. Add sugar, molasses, and egg to cooled shortening and beat well.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt; add to first mixture and stir. Chill dough.
  4. Form 1 inch balls, roll in sugar, and place on greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 375 degrees F.

    About the Chefmolasses02

Name of Chef: Ashlee A. Newton
Community: Carlsbad
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy many creative hobbies like graphic design, sewing, pottery, painting, and more. My most relaxing pastime is enjoying Mozart’s piano concertos with a glass of cabernet sauvignon. I also enjoy watching the sunset at Carlsbad State Beach and walking my dog along Batiquitos Lagoon.
About the Recipe: These cookies are delicious, chewy, and sweet. They have the perfect balance of sugar and spice (and everything nice). Baking these cookies is a wonderfully aromatic experience that fills the house with the smell of cinnamon, ginger, and clove. They are a perfect holiday treat to share with your friends and family. I make these cookies for holiday parties, give them to neighbors while Christmas caroling, and enjoy them with good company.
About the Chef: As a small business owner and marketing director for DB Creative, Inc., I know how to cook with what’s in the kitchen. I have a mind for business, economics, detail, and creative expression. I enjoy resolving the intellectual challenges that businesses face.