what's cooking: spicy molasses cookies

I LOVE these cookies, particularly in the fall. They're a bit on the spicy side and chock full of the flavors that remind me of autumn. Equally yummy with a glass of cold milk or a cuppa, you'll have a hard time stopping with just one. Treat yourself!

spicy molasses cookies
¾ cup vegetable shortening
1 cup sugar, plus extra to roll the cookies in
1 egg
¼ cup molasses
2 cup flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets. Beat together the shortening and 1 cup of the sugar. Add the egg and beat until light and fluffy, then add the molasses. Stir and toss together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves, and add to the first mixture, beating until smooth and blended. Gather up bits of the dough and rolls them between the palms of your hands into 1-inch balls, then roll each ball in sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies have spread and the tops have cracked. Remove from the sheets and cool on a rack.

About 40 cookies.

have a lovely day, Amy

RobbieLee at Chickiedee  – (October 14, 2009 at 2:55 PM)  

Oooo... these sound fabulous Amy! I've never cooked with molasses before, but this sound like a great start!

Katy  – (October 15, 2009 at 12:19 PM)  

Wow, those sound pretty amazing...I may have to break out the cookie sheets later and whip up a batch!

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