Liz's Kitchen: Grammy's Molasses Cookie recipe

Molasses Cookies
Molasses Cookies Photo credit Liz Mantel

Anything with cloves reminds me of my grandma's house. It always has a hint of it and it's such a strong smell... I love it. These cookies will fill your kitchen with that smell and make you drool at the same time. Now, we ALWAYS had these with a sharp cheddar. I don't know why but it works and it's delicious. The thing I love about these cookies is they're a little bit thicker than you would think and they're soft. There is a slight crunch that comes from the bottom of the cookie and it's the perfect crunch-to-softness ratio. The one thing I will tell you is to follow the time, the cookies will seem to soft but as they cool they will stiffen up a bit! I hope you enjoy and give the sharp cheddar a try :)

1 1/2 cups shortening
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ginger

Cream sugar and shortening, add eggs and beat. Add molasses and mix in. Sift fry ingredients together and add a little at a time.
Make into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
Makes 7 1/2 dozen.

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