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Molasses Sugar Cookies

This is an old recipe that produces cookies with a deep, rich flavor. Good for Christmas.


Molasses Sugar Cookies
  • 1-1/2 cup shortening (melted and allowed to cool)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Pour melted shortening into mixing bowl.
  2. Add sugar, molasses, and egg and beat well.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Chill dough for a few hours.
  5. Roll chilled dough into 1" balls. Roll balls in sugar. Coarse sugar, like demerara, is especially good.
  6. Place balls 2" apart on parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 375° for 10 – 15 minutes. They should have flattened somewhat, with a crackled surface. They will cool to slightly chewy, with crisper edges. If you want the whole cookie to be crispy, bake a little longer.
  8. Let cool on pan for a few minutes.


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