For centuries Southerners have treasured their jars of molasses—the cooked-down sugar cane mixture that is thick, brown, sticky and sharp with tangy flavor. From the hills of Tennessee to the plains of Georgia, the syrup was a table condiment for drizzling on biscuits and pancakes, or stirring into desserts. Still a treat today, the strong, sweet flavor of molasses balances well with a team of spices in these soft, chewy cookies crusted with sugar.
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup sparkling sugar
How to Make It
Beat shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add 1 cup granulated sugar, beating well. Add egg and molasses; beat well.
Combine flour and next 8 ingredients, stirring well. Add one-fourth of flour mixture at a time to shortening mixture, beating at low speed after each addition until blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls, and roll in sparkling sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 375° for 9 to 11 minutes. (Tops will crack.) Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
I was in the mood for some spiced cookies so I decided to try this recipe. These cookies are awesome! I ate about 5 and brought the rest to work for my co-workers. Each and every person loved them. Definitely give this recipe a try. FYI: When you take them out the oven they look a tad under cook but don't worry...they will be so soft and chewy. I baked them on a Sunday night and they were still soft the following Wednesday.
Exactly what I was looking for when I wanted to make what I've known for years as Ginger Snaps. Very straightforward recipe and easy to put together, although I just used my hand in lieu of an electric mixer.Stayed loyal to the recipe, but threw in a few quick splashes of water to bring the dough together before shaping it.Used Christmas-colored sugar for rolling, and they were a bit hit! :D
This recipe is everything I hoped it would be. I prefer soft cookies and it is hard to find a good soft spice cookie recipe. This recipe is a keeper. It will become part of my Christmas baking tradition, and make an excellent addition to my rotation for fresh baked gifts!
I make a similar cookie by leaving out the cloves and allspice, but adding Golden Raisins..the rest is the same...they are excellent! I got the recipe from a winner on Good Morning America several years ago. These are always on my cookie list at Christmas time.
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