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Friday, April 6, 2012

Gram's Molasses Cookies

 When I was a little girl, my Aunt Marion always had Archway molasses cookies ready to serve when we visited.  She and my Uncle Alton (my grandfather's twin brother) never had any children.  They were antique dealers.  Can you imagine their home?  It was like walking into a museum. They had really old, really good quality furnishings.  Marion fluttered around like a little bird.  As a child, I didn't realize how nervous I must have made her.  She was probably hoping that nothing broke while I was visiting!  It's a good thing that I was a quiet little girl.
 My great grandmother told stories about the molasses cookies her mother made.  The cookies were baked and then stored in a crock with a lid.  Gram said they were really good after a few days.  I can only imagine that the flavor intensified and the cookies got more moist with time.  No one in my house leaves these cookies alone long enough to find out.
I have so many wonderful memories wrapped up in these cookies that I made it a point to get all of my kids to like them when they were really little.  I wanted them to love spicy cookies and the particular flavor of molasses; to think of home and comfort every time they took a bite.

Molasses Cookies
1 cup sugar
2 cups molasses
1 cup shortening
1 cup hot water
1 egg
7 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
Combine sugar, molasses, shortening, coffee and egg in a mixer. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl and add to mixer. Chill dough 3 hours. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick and cut out into some kind of shape (we like flowers and stars).  Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 375 degrees 8-10 minutes. This recipe makes a lot, so you may want to freeze half.

This post was originally published in November 2008 without photos or much text.

8 comments:

Marie said...

Wow, you have a lot of great recipes here that I am going to have to try, and I haven't even checked out the "older posts" yet! Thanks for posting them!

Julie @ Mid-Life Mama said...

Wow. Thanks for the memory. I need to get out my grams recipe and make some molasses cookies. They were so good in childhood.

Elsa said...

Soft Chewy Molasses cookies are my favorite! I have not found a recipe yet to match the ones at our local co-op. I feel so guilty paying 95 cents for a single cookie, but I can never pass it up when I go there. I hope this is the recipe I have been waiting for! Thanks to you and your Grandmother!

Tiffanee said...

I love recipes that bring back memories! These look and sound delicious!! I can see why they don't last long.

Joanne said...

I'm not 100% sold on molasses and it's probably because I have no good memories associated with these cookies! Time to make some and get on that.

Emily said...

My brother absolutely adored those cookies. They are not as common on the East Coast and it is always a special treat when we send him some.

Cucina49 said...

Those are gorgeous--I really love molasses cookies, and so does my father-in-law. I may have to make some of these to send to him!

Crunchy Creamy Sweet said...

Every cookies tastes sooo much better when you add fond memories to it. I love molasses cookies as I love family recipes. Thank you so much for sharing this one, Kristen! Have a wonderful weekend!

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