Thursday, July 2, 2009

Molasses Cookies

I usually make molasses cookies for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and generally during the cold months. Well, that now includes July! This felt like a molasses cookie day, with an average temperature of 57F and even more rain (if that is possible) than we've had in previous days.

Given the weather forecast, these cookies may not last the weekend.

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes and it is not a family secret since it comes from the Betty Crocker Cookbook. If you too are living through an extended cold, rainy period and want to enjoy some molasses cookies, here is the recipe.

Molasses Cookies

Preheat oven to 375F


1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening or butter
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp salt


Mix brown sugar, soft butter, molasses, and egg until creamy
Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt
Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; mix well
Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour
Shape into walnut-sized balls, flatten slightly
Place on very lightly greased cookie sheet
Bake about 8 minutes
Let cool, or not, and enjoy

I also bought two quarts of fresh strawberries from a local farm stand. So, a little bit of summer and a little bit of winter for dessert. This feels right since we are neither here nor there, weather-wise. And who does not like two desserts!

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