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Hey all,

These cookies come from Joanna’s mom and are a traditional family recipe. I’m grateful to her for sharing it with me. Recipe and discussion after the jump.

Obviously I enjoyed these cookies. Couldn’t even finish the shoot without sneaking a bite – which is a bit of a surprise even to me as I don’t normally enjoy Molasses cookies. I’m much more of a cookie-with-nuts kind of guy, but these are great. Rolling them in granulated sugar gives the outside of the cookie a nice crunch. As an added bonus the cookies fill the house with a great smell that lingers for a couple days.

Molasses Cookies

¾ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses
1 egg

2 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1 tsp cloves
½ tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt

Melt shortening over low heat and cool. Add sugar, eggs and molasses. Beat well. Sift together rest of ingredients. Mix well and chill. Roll into 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar. Bake on greased cookie sheet 2 “ apart for 8 to 10 minutes at 375.


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