Cochitos Ginger Cookies

5 c flour
1 t soda
1 t salt
1 t baking powder
1/2 t ground cloves
1 t ground cinnamon
3 t ground ginger
dash nutmeg
1 c shortening
1 c brown sugar
2/3 c granulated sugar
1/2 c hot coffee
1/2 c blackstrap molasses
2 t vanilla

Mix flour, soda, salt, baking powder and spices in a bowl. In a second bowl, cream shortening and both sugars. Add hot coffee to molasses and blend well. Add coffee and molasses mixture to creamed shortening mixture and blend with vanilla. Combine liquid and dry mixtures. Stir to form a dough. Form into a log and cover. Chill completely.

Once dough is completely chilled, preheat the oven to 350 F. Cut dough into evenly sized disks, 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Bake on greased cookie sheet 8-15 minutes, based on thickness.