Molasses Crinkles

These are one of my most favorite Christmas cookies from my childhood. We would take some of these delicious and beautiful cookies to church during Christmas every year. So, when I was asked to bring three dozen cookies to Christmas Eve service at my church this year, these were an easy choice. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Merry Christmas!

Molasses Crinkles
from my adorable Mommy; original source unknown

Ingredients:¾ c. shortening1 c. dark brown sugar1 egg, beaten¼ c. unsulfered molasses2 tsp. baking soda¼ tsp. salt½ tsp. ground cloves1 tsp. cinnamon1 tsp. ground ginger1 1/2–2 c. all-purpose flour, plus more, if necessary (I used close to 2 c.)granulated sugar, for dippingwater, for dripping

Directions:1. Mix all ingredients, except flour, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with blade attachment. Make sure all the spices are mixed thoroughly.

2. Sift in 1 1/2 c. flour and mix just enough to moisten everything. If the dough is sticky, add more flour, 1/4 c. at a time, until dough reaches desired consistency and is no longer sticky. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for one to two hours.

3. Roll a walnut-sized amount of dough into a ball. Dip the top in granulated sugar. Place them about 3” apart, sugar side up, on baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Drip one drop of water on top of each cookie.

4. Bake @ 375º for 9-11 minutes. Let cool on wire rack, on baking sheet, until firm enough to move.

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  1. bethanyjg
    December 27, 2008 / 3:40 pm

    These look GREAT. I am saving the recipe now – I may make them today!

  2. Joelen
    December 27, 2008 / 4:41 pm

    This looks great… I could see making ice cream sandwiches with these using apple pie ice cream….

  3. Kelsey
    January 5, 2009 / 3:10 pm

    Great idea, Joelen. I’m also thinking pumpkin or egg nog ice cream would work!

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