For years I have been asked by family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers for this cookie recipe. This is one of only three recipes that I have decided to keep to myself all these years, with the exception of a few close family members who were ‘sworn’ to secrecy. I mean, is that really so selfish of me? I have shared with family and friends, and now the WEB, all my other most requested recipes. I don’t know exactly what it is about these little cookies that command such attention. Maybe it’s the soft and chewy texture, or the fragrance of molasses, cinnamon and cloves, or quite simply the taste. But whatever it is, I can no longer keep this to myself and sit back and watch while my husband is being ‘pressed’ at work for his wife’s recipe. Yes, that’s right. He’s been forced to endure regular phone calls from the ‘Cookie Stalker’ in another State with pleas for my recipe . Well Caren, this one’s for you, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! ( and NO, I wont tell you my icing recipe! Can’t a gal keep a few secrets??? ……..and so the stalking continues *grin*).
Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
2-1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Granulated sugar, to roll cookie dough in before baking
Combine brown sugar, shortening, molasses, and egg in large bowl; mix together until light and airy. Stir in flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt; mix until combined. Shape about 2 tablespoons dough into balls; roll in sugar to coat. Bake at 375°F. for 10 to 12 minutes. Ice if desired. Enjoy!
TIP: These cookies freeze well. Make a double batch and have a few on hand in the freezer.
NOTE: These cookies also ship well. I have sent many dozen to our soldiers stationed in Iraq with rave reviews and requests for more. So share a batch with a friend.