This is one of our favorite holiday cookie recipes. The cinnamon, cloves and ginger flavors make a delicious spiced sugar cookie. We think these Molasses Sugar Cookies are just the right combination of crunchy on the outside, chewy in the middle.
Molasses Sugar Cookies
Makes about 5 dozen cookies
- 1/2 cups butter flavored shortening
2 cups white sugar (plus more for rolling the dough)
1/2 cup molasses
4 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1. Melt the shortening in a large pan on the stove and allow to cool (about 5-10 minutes). I do not let mine cool all the way (because it solidifies). You just don’t want it to be so hot that it cooks the eggs when you combine them in Step 2.
2. Use a mixer to beat together the sugar, eggs, molasses and cooled shortening.
3. Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and add it to the wet ingredients. Mix everything together well. Cover and and chill in the refrigerator 3 hours or overnight.
4. When you are ready to bake cookies, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pinch off pieces of chilled dough and roll it into walnut sized balls. Roll balls in white sugar until covered with a thin layer of sugar. Place balls on greased cookie sheet (or a silicone baking mat) about 2 inches apart.
5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until done. Allow to cool 1-2 minutes on baking sheet then transfer to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.
TIPS: Cookies will flatten out and crackle on top, and harden as they cool. If you prefer very crispy cookies, allow them to bake an additional 1-2 minutes. If you prefer a softer cookie in the center, you can experiment with less baking time. I have done it both ways – and it works. These cookies freeze well.
Tie a ribbon around a set of cookies, and they are ready to gift to family, friends and neighbors.
Do you bake holiday and/or Christmas cookies? What are your favorite holiday cookies?
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