In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and oil; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in molasses.
In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix this very well.
Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls (roll the dough between both hands to form a ball) and then roll the cookie ball in sugar (approx 1/3 cup, more or less) in a small bowl.
Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookie springs back when touched lightly. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool.
When completely cooled, you can either dip the cookies or drizzle a thin glaze over them...whatever you prefer. ENJOY!
For dipping: Melt the vanilla chips with shortening in a small pan over low heat. Dip the cookies half way into the mixture, shake or let the excess drip off. Place on waxed paper or foil-lined baking sheets to harden.
For drizzle-glazing: In small bowl, mix powdered sugar, vanilla and warm water till you have a slightly thin glaze, adding more sugar to thicken or a touch more water to thin. Place cookies on foil to catch the glaze that might run off the cookies. Drizzle the glaze on top of cookies. Let harden.
Caloric calculation is based on one cookie, dipped halfway in white chocolate coating.
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 55Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.