Thursday, November 4, 2010

Holiday Open House: Festive Molasses Cookies

I love the Holiday season.  I love it so much that each year it seems that we start getting into the festivities just a little bit earlier.  My girls and I love decorating, baking, and doing Holiday themed crafts.  My girls and I  look forward to baking Christmas cookies each year.  We always have our standard sugar cookie decorating party, but we love to try new recipes too.  Last year, we decided to add a little Christmas spirit to our favorite Molasses cookie.  They looked great when they were done and they were a huge hit with everyone who tried them.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Colored sugar
Directions
  1. Melt the shortening in a large pan on the stove, and cool.
  2. Add sugar, egg, and molasses, beat well.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan. Mix well and chill 3 hours or overnight.
  4. Form into walnut-size balls. Roll in colored granulated sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees  for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Store in an airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp. If they do lose their softness, an easy way to restore it is to place one slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours or overnight and they will be soft again!

Don't these sound delicious?  If you get a chance to try them out, I'd love to hear your feedback. What is your favorite type of cookie during the Holiday season?  Grab a latte, put up your feet, and join the discussion!

1 comment:

Jasey said...

Christmas Bells! My mom has made them for me forever!!!