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Apr 14, 2007 09:29 PM

Molasses cookies!

anyone have a good molasses cookie recipe? or any other vegetarian use for molasses? thanks!

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  1. A childhood favorite that I grew up with was the betty crocker "molasses crinkles" recipe:
    And of course, though it's not a cookie, there's always gingerbread--dark and moist and not too sweet

    I sometimes put a little molasses in a veggie chili to add some depth and complexity to complement the spice (I make it quite spicy)

    1. This is an old family recipe from my husband's side ...

      Aunt Dorothy's Molasses Sugar Cookies

      3/4 C. shortening
      1 C. sugar
      1/4 C. molasses

      Melt together in saucepan over low heat & let cool.

      1 egg
      2 tsp. baking soda
      2 C. flour
      1 tsp. cinnamon
      1/2 tsp. each salt, ground cloves and ginger

      Beat well & chill for at least an hour (overnight is fine.)

      When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

      Form dough into 1" balls & roll in additional sugar to coat. Space about 2" apart on cookie sheets, bake 8-10 minutes. Makes about 5 dozen...doubling works fine, and so does adding more of your favorite spices.

      3 Replies
      1. re: OldDog

        We like to add molasses to our beans as they cook.

        1. re: sandramrma

          I do a very similar recipe OldDog. I increase the amount of ground cloves and ginger to 1 tsp each. Chilling the dough is definately key! I like to roll the balls in coarse sugar and then flatten with the bottom of a cup.
          The baked cookies also freeze very well.

        2. re: OldDog

          In fact, this is almost identical to the "molasses crinkles" recipe! (except it uses brown sugar for the cup of sugar...) I find that they spread while baking and don't need to be pressed down. (There's an instruction in that recipe to sprinkle the cookies lightly with a few drops of water before they go in the oven, but I don't know if that affects the spreading, or indeed, why it is needed)

        3. this is easy to whip together in a jiffy -
          mix together:
          3/4 cup vegetable oil
          1 cup sugar
          1 beaten egg
          4 Tbl. molasses
          1 tsp. vanilla
          Stir in:
          2 cups all-purpose flour
          2 tsp. baking soda
          1 tsp. ground ginger
          1/2 tsp. salt
          optional: I like to add 1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder

          Shape in one-inch balls and roll in sugar (I use raw sugar)
          Bake 9 to 10 minutes at 350°F. on ungreased cookie sheet. Remove to wire rack to cool.