Soft Molasses Cookies
Bring on fall: cooler temperatures, falling leaves, warm spices, and sweet treats! These molasses cookies are the perfect picnic dessert or after-school snack.
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening not margarine
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- additional sugar
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together butter and shortening until creamy. Add sugar, slowly. and cream ingredients together until light-colored and fluffy. Blend in molasses and eggs.
In another bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon with a whisk until spices are thoroughly distributed. Gradually mix flour mixture (a cup or so at a time) into creamed ingredients until dough is blended and smooth.
Form dough into 1-1/2 inch balls, roll in sugar, and place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until top of cookie has cracked as seen in the picture. Do not overbake. Remove from oven and allow to cool 2-3 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a baking rack.
Allow to cool completely.