This year I’m thrilled to be taking part in author Staci Troilo’s Second Annual Cookie Exchange. It works sort of like a blog hop: you’re invited to visit the baker’s dozen (at last count) participating blogs and you’ll get a different cookie recipe at each one. Once you’ve read my recipe for molasses cookies, head on over to Staci Troilo’s blog at https://stacitroilo.wordpress.com/2022/12/15/virtual-cookie-exchange-2/ to check out the master list of cookies and participants. You’re sure to find cookies that tickle your fancy on that list!
Showstopping Molasses Cookies
If you like gingersnaps, this is the recipe for you. These are like chewy gingersnaps. They’ve been a favorite of my family for years and they are SO easy to make.
3/4 c. solid shortening (I use Crisco)
1/4 c. molasses (I use Grandma’s Original)
2 c. flour
1 c. sugar, plus more for rolling
2 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground cloves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using an electric mixer, mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well-combined. This may take a few minutes, so be patient. Eventually the dough will come together and not be so crumbly.
Pour some extra sugar (I start with about 1/2 c. and use more if necessary) in a small bowl.
Roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in the extra sugar to coat.
Place the balls approximately two inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. If you prefer, you can use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper instead—both work well.
Bake for about 8 minutes. Start checking the cookies at 7 minutes. They’ll look a little puffy, but they’ll flatten out a bit as they cool.
Here are a few photos of the molasses cookies I made last week:
I hope you’ll give these cookies a try and let me know what you think! Remember, head on over to Staci’s blog at https://stacitroilo.wordpress.com/2022/12/15/virtual-cookie-exchange-2/ and get yourself some new recipes for the holidays!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!