I have to put this recipe on here, because I've been digging it out of my recipe folder forever and we've made 5 batches in the last 2 days and it's getting pretty trashed...adn I can't find it online....honestly, the best holiday cookies EVER....I've had a FEW people tell me that....and the dough is so yummy too! and the way your house smells when you make them....and they look lovely...and they are just freaking appealing to ALL the senses...make them!
1/2C unsalted butter
1 C brown sugar (we always cut sugar by 1/4 in recipes, so 3/4 C will do)
2T vegetable oil (of coarse, we use coconut)
1/3 C molasses
Ok, mix all of that together til it's light and fluffy, then slowly add the following....
1/2 t ground cloves
1 1/4 t ground ginger
1/2 t salt
2t baking soda
2C all purpose flour
Scrap the edges and mix it up well.
The dough is kinda sticky, so I just scoop it out with the rubber spatula and splat it down onto some plastic wrap, wrap it up and stick it in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight....or if you forget that this step is part of the recipe like I do every time, you can put it in the freezer for an hour and that'll be fine.
Get the dough out, and you have to be quick with it because it gets so sticky as it warms back to room temperature, but roll it into little balls (whatever size you want works) then roll the ball in regular sugar and bake them at 375 for 9minutes. When you get them out, leave them on the cookie sheet for a few minutes...the middles are soft and the outsides have a slight crispness. You'll think they aren't done, but after they cool all the way, they are FREAKING FANTASTIC!