Sunday, December 6, 2009

Molasses Sugar Cookies

These took a long time to make. With Audrey needing frequent attention and the other kids "helping" in various ways, this little holiday project spanned two days. But I really wanted the experience of making cookies with the kids and getting into the holiday spirit, and they turned out delicious, so I didn't mind all the little delays and mishaps (like when Thomas dumped all the dipping sugar into the cookie dough). :-)

Molasses Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cups shortening (I substituted part margarine, since I ran out of shortening)
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt

Melt the shortening in a large pan on the stove, and cool. Add sugar, eggs, and molasses, beat well.

In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan. Mix well and chill 3 hours or overnight (at this point life with three kids attacked full force, and the dough had to wait overnight and much of the next day before moving on to the next step).

Form into walnut-size balls. Roll in granulated sugar (or, in Thomas' case, eat the balls of dough before they get a chance to be rolled in sugar). Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Store in an airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp. If they do lose their softness, an easy way to restore it is to place one slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours or overnight and they will be soft again!


Jenny - AKA - frogmama said...

Glad your getting back into the swing of things after your little arrival! When I first saw the picture, I thought it was a Snickerdoodle recipe, but this is different - I love that it has molasses! I will be printing this and trying it sometime! Thanks

The Garden of Egan said...

Good for you! Sometimes it does take two days to make a batch of cookies!

Tiffaney said...

These look very tasty! I have never made anything with molasses, so maybe it's time to try it out :-). Are they sweeter than an traditional sugar cookie? By the way, I admire your patience with your "helpers" :-D I like to cook with my children too, but sometimes I'm more patient than others....

Stephanie said...

I wouldn't say they're sweeter - they're more like soft gingersnaps. I agree, sometimes I'm more patient with the little helpers. Other times, not so much, lol.

Michelle said...

Wow! Baking again so soon! I can't talk, I did pretty much the same thing. I love the molasses cookie recipe that I have, this one looks less dark. I'll have to give it a shot sometime. I love the soft, chewey texture with the crispy sugar on the outside with cookies like this. Yumm!

Katy ~ said...

Yummmm... I LUV all the generous amounts of spices in this! So cute about your little "helpers". You are a good mom making good memories.