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Method Prep:25min › Cook:12min › Ready in:37min
Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Grease a baking tray.
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, bicarb, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Mix and set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat together the shortening, butter and 400g sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time until well incorporated then mix in the molasses. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
Form into 2.5cm sized balls then roll in granulated sugar to coat and arrange on the prepared baking tray, several centimetres apart.
Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes until firm and golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.
Shortening is a popular ingredient used in American baking. Although we don't have an exact match here in the UK, you can experiment with vegetable shortening such as Trex which is available in supermarkets. It is also possible to have good success with margarine as a substitute.