Preheat oven to 350*
(from 1981 Woman's Day magazine, if I remember correctly)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup dark molasses
1/4 cup maple syrup or maple flavored syrup
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons
1. Into large bowl, measure 1/2 cup sugar and remaining ingredients. With mixer at low speed, beat ingredients until well blended, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula.
2. Place 2 tablespoons sugar on waxed paper. Shape 1/4 cup of dough into a ball,roll in sugar to coat evenly. Repeat with remaining dough to make 10 balls in all. Place balls 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Dough is very soft, balls will flatten slightly. Bake cookies 15 minutes. With pancake turner, remove cookies to wire racks to cool. Store cookies in tightly covered container.
Makes 10 cookies.
note: Do not attempt to make these cookies smaller, they will be rock hard (I tried it).