Our young testers loved these cookies, especially the crackled, sugary tops.

Mix thoroughly

Stir in

3/4 cup soft shortening 1 cup brown sugar

(packed) l egg 1/4 cup molasses

2 1/4 cups sifted Gold Medal Flour 2 teaspoons soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cloves 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger

Chill dough.

Heat oven to 375°.

Roll dough into balls the size of large walnuts.

Dip tops in sugar. Place, sugared-side-up, 3 inches apart on greased baking sheet.

Sprinkle each cooky with 2 or 3 drops of water for a crackled surface.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes, just until set but not hard.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Little sisters like to get in the fun and cook, too.

Molasses Crinkles 145Roll dough to the size of large walnuts.

Roll dough to the size of large walnuts.

Dip tops in sugar.