Thursday, December 8, 2011

Molasses Sugar Cookies

 It's just not Christmas until we've made a batch or two of these delicious spiced cookies. They have a crunchy outside, chewy center, and the aroma of these cookies will fill your house with yummy! They are amazingly simple, keep well, make a wonderful addition to your kid's teacher gifts. That is, if you can hide enough of them from your family to give away. They're also a great cookie for kids to help make as they can help roll the dough into balls and dip them in the colored sugar.

Molasses Sugar Cookies
yield: 6 dozen


A great gift for friends, neighbors, and teachers in these
cute bags I got from Hobby Lobby.
1 1/2 c. shortening
2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. molasses
2 eggs
4 c. flour
4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. salt
1 pinch of cardamom (optional)
Christmas colored sugars


  • Melt shortening in a saucepan and cool. 
  • Add to mixer bowl and cream with sugar, eggs, and molasses.
  • Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl and slowly add to wet mixture. Mix well.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roll dough into walnut size balls and roll in colored sugar. Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until tops appear to crackle (see picture).
  • Cool and store in an airtight container.

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