Mustang, Oklahoma, United States
60-ish 'child of the prairie' who loves sewing, baking, knitting and most of all -- family & friends.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Cookie Recipe #1 & a bit of sewing.

I start baking cookies for the holidays in October, filling my freezer with family favorites and sometimes trying a new recipe or two. Over the next 3 weeks, I'll be sharing some of my family's favorite cookie recipes. The recipe listed below has been developed over the past 15 years and my children/grandbabes love them - especially my daughter, Jessika. This cookie is a soft and chewy -- with lots of spices -- and the house smells wonderful as they are baking.

Molasses Sugar Cookies

  • 3/4 cup shortening

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 cup molasses

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 2 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

Cream shortening; gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating at medium speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses; mix well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, soda, salt and spices; mix well. Add about one-fourth of dry mixture at a time to creamed mixture, mixing well until smooth after each addition. Chill dough for at least 1 hour. Shape chilled dough into 1-inch balls, and roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on un-greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes (tops will crack) - cookies will be soft in the middle, do not overbake. Cool on wire rack. Yield: 4 dozen. Recipe can be doubled. Cookies can be frozen in zip-lock bags for up to 6 months.

Note: Pictures of this cookie and others I'm baking will be posted later -- it's hard to get a good picture of a cookie in a bag -- in the freezer !

O' and I'm doing a little sewing too - - - -
finally finishing a 'blankie' for Laney that I started 6 months ago -- just in time for her 1st birthday.