Thursday, March 10, 2011

Molasses Cookies

Back to sweets again.  Oh well...these are too good to not share. 

Anyways, this is part two of Sunday's cooking adventures.  I made a batch of these cookies because there weren't any sweets in the pantry and I had nothing better to do (haha).  This is my aunt's recipe and I've used it many times.

Molasses Cookies:

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

350 degrees for 10 minutes.
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And yes, those are all the instructions.  I usually mix the shortening and sugar together, then add everything else except the flour because the spices will often be unevenly distributed if added them after mixing in the flour.  Then I'll add in the rest of the ingredients; usually the flour is last.  Generally I add heaping teaspoons of the spices. 

I've tried a couple of molasses/spiced cookie recipes, but this one is, by far, the best.  I also like Abigail Johnson Dodge's Ginger Crackles from The Weekend Baker cookbook.  Her recipe is very similar to my aunt's, making roughly x1.5 more cookies, and uses butter in addition to shortening.

Once again, sadly no pictures. 

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