I used this recipe for my first try at Molasses Cookies.
Prep: 15 min.; Cook: 11 min. per batch; Other: 1 hr.
Yield: Makes 3 dozen
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 cup sparkling sugar
1. Beat shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add 1 cup granulated sugar, beating well. Add egg and molasses; beat well.
2. Combine flour and next 8 ingredients, stirring well. Add one-fourth of flour mixture at a time to shortening mixture, beating at low speed after each addition until blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, and roll in sparkling sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake at 375° for 9 to 11 minutes. (Tops will crack.) Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Mix up the batter according to instructions.
Let a very dedicated helper taste it to make sure it's perfect.
Get greedy and plop ice cream scoop sized cookies on the pan and sadly watch them blend together in the oven.
First batch. Left them in too long (because they didn't look done to me) and made them too big.
Second batch. Almost perfect timing, but the cookies were still too big. Argh.
Final batch. Ok, so the recipe was right, drop tiny nearly one inch cookies on the pan and they'll spread out to perfectly respectable cookie size.
As for the previous batches, I used a pizza cutter on one pan.
And broke the other pan of cookies apart by hand. I liked the way the broken ones looked.
But the important thing to remember, is that no matter their shape......
Your little helper (who has by now removed his batter splashed shirt) will love them.
Enjoy your beautiful Tuesday!