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Monday, March 06, 2006

Gramma Linna's Molasses Cookies

Here's the recipe for Molasses Cookies. Always my favorite. It was posted on our Family Website by my Dad, Jack.

Some of the young ones them "mud cookies." They can be rolled out and made into cut cookies, like Gingerbread Men. Another easy preparation method involves rolling the dough into individual balls, dipping them in sugar, and using a juice glass to flatten them out. The second method results in those really yummy cracked tops with sugar granules on them.

For years, Queen Leora would make these at Christmas time as Gingerbread men, frost them and write the names of all the kids in the neighborhood on them. She also made Christmas coffee cakes and would deliver the cakes and the personalized Gingerbread men to all of the families in the neighborhood. More recently, when Grampa Jack retired, but Queen Leora was the Library Lady, Grampa Jack would make these and deliver them to the grandkids.

These cookies always remind me of Christmas.

Title: Old Fashion Molasses Cookies

Got this recipe from Norma years ago. They make great Gingerbread Boys and Girls. I decorate them for the neighborhood kids at Christmas. This is as close as I have come to the cookies I remember as a kid...

6 cups flour 1 tsp salt
1 cup shortening 1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup molasses 1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla
1 egg 1 tsp baking soda

Do not use elelctric mixer.
Put baking soda into 1 cup boiling water.
Cream sugar, egg and shortening, add molasses.
Stir well then add the spices and part of the water with some of the flour. Add the rest of the flour and water gradually, mixing well.

After mixing place dough in the refrigerator or other cool place until completely chilled.

Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees on a greased cookie sheet.

Number Of Servings:2 to 3 dozen, depending on cookie size

Preparation Time:aproximatelly 20 minutes


Blogger Henny Penny Jenny said...

Remember that it is very important to mix this in a ceramic or glass bowl with a wooden spoon. It was the way Dad's mom made them, and to do otherwise would be, well, sacreligious!! But, if you must depart from this tradition in order for you to enjoy these great cookies, go ahead.

But it definitely needs to be mixed by hand or you ruin the cookies. Seriously.

March 07, 2006 9:42 AM  
Blogger Bob's Kid said...

Oh yum. I'm gonna make these sometime this week!

March 07, 2006 5:47 PM  

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