Makes: about 5 dozen Hands-on time: 2 hrs. Total time: 7 hrs.
2/3 cup butter-flavored shortening
2/3 cup sugar
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
½ cup molasses
½ cup cold coffee
4 cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground allspice
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1. Beat shortening and sugars at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.
2. Combine molasses and coffee; set aside.
3. Sift together flour and next 5 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with coffee mixture. Begin and end with flour mixture. Divide dough into fourths; wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill 4 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 400. Roll out each dough portion to ¼-in. thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes with 3- to 4-in. cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 8 minutes. Cool 2 minutes; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.