Tuesday, September 9, 2008

PostHeaderIcon Just Desserts: Molasses Cookies

This week: Molasses Cookies

One of my favorite cookies -- probably because it was always the centerpiece of the care packages my paternal grandmother sent when I was in college.

  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses (sorghum)
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • Sugar (about 1/2 cup)

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.

Cream sugar and shortening. Add egg and molasses and cream well. Gradually add dry ingredients.

Shape into 3/4 inch balls, dip in white sugar and bake sugar side up on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes -- remove from sheet at once onto a cake rack to cool.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Note: When storing, separate cookies with wax paper or parchment.

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