This recipe is adapted from the one my mom used to make when I was a kid. I really love how ginger cookies make the house smell. I have to make them at least once every Christmas season.
1 c. (2 sticks) butter
1 & 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. ginger
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/3 c. molasses
3 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
turbinado sugar (about 1/2 c. or so)
In a saucepan, melt butter and bring to a boil.
Boil and stir until it becomes really foamy (it takes about 10-15 minutes).
Remove from heat when it turns a deep golden color and smells like toffee.
Combine butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Add spices and mix.
Stir in molasses.
Mix in flour and baking soda.
Cover and refrigerate dough for a few hours (or until firm).
Roll 1" balls of dough in turbinado sugar and place on a lined baking sheet.
Bake at 375 F for 8-10 minutes.
The soft, chewy cookie with a crunchy sugar coating...heavenly!