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Molasses cookies!

ChowHappy Apr 14, 2007 09:29 PM

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

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    another_adam Apr 14, 2007 10:00 PM

    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. OldDog Apr 14, 2007 10:14 PM

      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.

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      1. re: OldDog
        sandramrma Apr 15, 2007 06:26 AM

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

        1. re: sandramrma
          mightycheesehead Apr 15, 2007 06:56 AM

          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
          another_adam Apr 15, 2007 07:01 AM

          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. Cynsa Apr 15, 2007 09:10 AM

          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.

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