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Molasses Cookies

Yield 4 dozen (serving size: 1 cookie)
This classic spice cookie is a delicious addition to your holiday cookie collection.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 66
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 2 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • monofat 0.7 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 0.7 g
  • carbohydrate 11.8 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 4 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 67 mg
  • calcium 12 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine brown sugar and shortening in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add molasses and egg; beat well. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt), stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat at low speed just until blended. Cover and freeze 1 hour.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°.

  3. Place water in a small bowl. Place granulated sugar in another small bowl. Lightly coat hands with cooking spray. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Dip one side of each ball in water; dip wet side in sugar. Place balls, sugar side up, 1 inch apart, on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.