These cookies have been a family favorite for many, many years. They were always baked around the holidays, and I used to look forward to the smell of them baking … nothing beats that delicious smell of molasses, ginger and cloves.
My mother originally began making these in the 1980’s after she toured Stratford Hall, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the home of four generations of the Lee family of Virginia, including two signers of the Declaration of Independence. It was also the birthplace of Robert Edward Lee (1807–70), who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War, and then became the president of Washington College, which later became Washington and Lee University.
1 1/2 cups butter, melted
1/2 cup molasses
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
4 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon clove
granulated sugar used to coat cookies
In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, molasses, sugar and eggs beating well.
Sift together flour, baking soda and spices. Add this to the melted butter, molasses, sugar and egg mixture, beating well.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for several hours.
Take a small amount of dough and roll it into small balls, then roll balls in granulated sugar
Bake in 350 oven 8-10 minutes or until slightly firm and well browned.
Yield: 5 dozen cookies