Baking with Sugar...Spice Snap Cookies

Spice Snap Cookies
This old fashioned cookie forms a crackled top as it bakes. It needs the sugar to make the top crackle. The cookies has sugar as well as molasses in the dough and makes a Snap type of cookie. They will soften some on the second or third day. But if you like ginger snaps then this cookie is for you.
Spice Snap Cookies
¾ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
¼ cup molasses
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  Additional sugar to dip the ball of dough in
 Beat shortening at medium speed of an electric mixer until fluffy, gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well. Add egg and molasses, mix well.
  Combine flour and next 8 ingredients; mix well. Add one fourth of flour mixture at a time to creamed mixture, beating until smooth after each addition.
Cover and chill 1 hour.
  Shape dough into 1 inch ball, and roll in additional sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  Bake at 375° for 9 to 11 minutes. (tops will crack.) Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 4 dozen

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