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3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses (dark)
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup sugar for rolling dough

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease and flour two cookie sheets.

Cream together the butter, the cup of sugar, molasses, and egg. Sift
together the dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture. If the
dough is very soft, refrigerate for about 1/2 hour.

Roll the dough into small balls, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Roll the
balls in the sugar that has been set aside. Place the cookie dough
balls on one of the cookie sheets and place in the oven. Do not bake
both sheets at once - save the other sheet for the next batch that you
bake so that you will always be using a cool cookie sheet.

Baking times will vary with the size of the balls, but check them
after about 10 minutes.

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