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molasses christmas cookie recipe

Funny, the longer I am away from the Southern US where I grew up, oddly the more attached I become to food and the culture. For those of you who haven’t spent much time in the US or perhaps only in the big cities, there are distinct regional cultures – as distinct as different countries in Europe.

And it’s often this time of year, I think about my childhood home the most. My mama (because we don’t call our mothers’ “mum” or “mom” in the South, it’s “mama,” thank you very much) makes the most amazing Christmas cookies. This is probably my all time favourite holiday cookie.. crispy on the outside and full of chewy, gingery, molasses goodness on the inside.

Add a Southern touch to your Christmas tradition.


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 degrees F.

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