1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
3 cup flour, sifted
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup Milk (soured with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup Cranberries, coarsely chopped (Fresh or Frozen)
Heat oven to 400°F.
Sift flour, soda, salt, and spices together. Cream shortening; add sugar gradually, creaming until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well; then stir in molasses.
Add flour alternately with buttermilk, mixing well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Chill until firm enough to hold shape 1 to 2 hours.
Form 1 inch diameter balls. Roll in sugar glaze
Place on parchment paper about 2 inches apart
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until done. Will be slightly chewy. Let cool on rack.
1 teaspoon cardamom
I tend to play with the spices and just have fun with it. You could add pecan pieces as well.