Can you smell them through the internet? I call these “old fashioned” Soft Molasses Cookies because the recipe comes from my mom.
Plus, it has an old fashioned ingredient I’ve never posted about before–Crisco.
I think the only time I cook with shortening is when my mom is visiting. It’s part of our history!
I grew up in the good ‘ol Midwest, so I did grow up eating lots of comfort food, fried food, and Crisco. So it’s in this recipe, and it does make these cookies so soft and luscious.
This year, my mom came to visit in August since she can’t do the cold weather months anymore (she lives in Arizona).
Our family tradition is to bake Christmas cookies together, especially gingerbread, but my kids didn’t want to do that since it was summertime.
These Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies were a great compromise–the great smells of gingerbread in a spongy, soft cookie.
If you accidentally overcook these, they won’t be “soft,” but they’re still great as dunkers!
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- 3/4 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- granulated sugar for rolling cookies
In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and molasses until well blended.
In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and spices. Stir into the creamed mixture until blended. Chill for at least an hour, or until firm.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll the chilled dough into small balls about 3/4-inch in diameter. Roll each in the granulated sugar, and place on the baking sheet, leaving 1-2 inches between cookies.
Bake for 8-12 minutes or until set. Cool in pan on a rack for 2 minutes, then remove to rack to cool completely.
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