No other cookies says "Christmas" to me than these delicious molasses cookies. My mom made them every year while I was growing up, and I love, love, love the smell of molasses cookies filling the house. Now I get to bake these for my family.
Even better I use Spectrum Organic Shortening and I leave out the transfat. If you haven't baked with Spectrum, you need to go down the health food aisle and pick up a container for yourself. You won't be disappointed!
So here's how you can bake up a batch for your family tonight!
- ¾ cup Spectrum Shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup molasses dark
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp cloves, ground
- ½ tsp ginger, ground
- ½ tsp salt
- Melt shortening in microwave or on stovetop, and let it cool. Since it is literally freezing here in the NW, I cover mine with plastic wrap and set it outside while I mix the dry ingredients.
- Add sugar, molasses, and egg to the melted shortening, and beat well.
- Mix all dry ingredients together and add to liquids.
- Chill for an hour.
- Roll in balls, then roll in sugar.
- Space about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. I LOVE my Silpats! Do you use them???
- Bake at 375 for 8 minutes for chewy and 10 minutes for crunchy.
These go so fast in my house!
Note: It's really easy to double this recipe, and when I do, I use 1 cup sugar and 1 cup brown sugar.