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Serves 3 dozen | Prep Time 20 minutes | Cook Time 12 minutes


1 cup solid vegetable shortening (I use butter flavored Crisco)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
1 egg
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon star anise*
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream one cup of the sugar and shortening. Add the egg and molasses. Add the dry ingredients.

Form the mixture into one-inch balls. Roll the balls in the remaining sugar and place them at least one inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes.

Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet until firm, then remove them carefully with a spatula.

*you can find powdered star anise in many Asian grocery stores. I buy mine at Penzeys.

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