I have mentioned in a previous post that I give home baked goodies during the holidays as gifts. This is a cookie that I have been making for years and it has slowly evolved into what it is today. Honestly I didn’t grow up making or eating molasses cookies. Imagine the HORROR, life without the spicy goodness of molasses cookies. A co-worker introduced me to this type of cookie years ago and shared her recipe with me. Originally her recipe had a frosting but I honestly like this cookie without frosting. I have also altered the spices over the years and added a pinch of this and that and finally the perfect molasses cookie that just oozes everything about Christmas. This recipe makes plenty of cookies for gift giving or serving a holiday crowd. Heck , leaving Santa some molasses cookies is a nice change from the old standard sugar cookie.
These Chewy Molasses Cookies are thick , chewy and will not disappoint any recipient . I seriously have to hide these cookies from myself because they are addictive and I could eat a dozen in one sitting. Rolling these in Christmas colored sugars makes them festive and fun. If you give them to small kids tell them Santa’s elves sprinkled them with Christmas Spirit. These are not only yummy they are super easy
Start by Preheating your oven to 350 degrees
Then in a large mix your dry ingredients..Flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves
In a separate bowl cream together shortening, eggs, brown sugar, and molasses. Then all the dry ingredients one cup at a time to the molasses mixture.
Scoop out 1 1/2 Tablespoons of dough** Using a cookie scoop keeps cookies all the same size
Roll the dough into balls
Roll the dough balls in colored sugars
Place the sugar coated dough balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet
Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 9-10..smaller cookies will take less time to cook so watch them
Cool for 3-5 minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer them to a cooling rack
Put them out on a plate and watch them disappear!