▢ 2 cups flour
▢ 2 teaspoons baking soda
▢ 1 teaspoon cinnamon
▢ 1 teaspoon ginger
▢ ¼ teaspoon salt
▢ 1 ¼ cup sugar divided
▢ ½ cup shortening
▢ ¼ cup butter
▢ ¼ cup molasses
▢ 1 egg beaten
▢ 1 teaspoon orange zest optional
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
Mix 1 cup sugar, shortening, and butter with a mixer on medium until fluffy. Mix in molasses. Add egg and beat until well combined.
Add dry ingredients a bit at a time until well mixed (and add orange zest if using).
Roll into 1″ balls. Dip the tops in remaining sugar and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake 9-11 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.