Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cookies that just say "Christmas"!

One of my mother's heirlooms that was passed to me was her Betty Crocker Cookbook. It was definitely her most used cookbook, and after 50 years of use, it was literally falling apart by the time I got it. I was so glad to find a brand new but unrevised version at Books-A-Million a couple of years ago that I can use without fear of further damage.

One of my favorite recipes in this cookbook is one my mother made every Christmas -- and lots of other times, too. Molasses Crinkles have always been a favorite; the fact that they are both simple to make and delicious to eat makes them a must over the holidays!

Here's the recipe:

Molasses Crinkles

Mix together thoroughly:
3/4 cup soft shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses

Sift together and stir in:
2-1/4 cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger

Chill dough. Roll into balls the size of large walnuts. Dip tops in sugar. Place, sugared-side-up, 3" apart on greased baking sheet (I just use parchment paper). Sprinkle each cooky with 2-3 drops water to produce a crackled surface. Bake at 375 10-12 minutes, just until set but not hard (these should be soft when you eat them). Makes 2-1/2 to 3 dozen.


Katie said...

I came across your blog through ingredient spotlight! I'm going to try the molasses crinkles this Christmas...they sound delicious!

I have that same antique cookbook!! Just like yours, mine is falling apart and I'm afraid to use it. I will have to try to find a new one!

Tiffany @ Eat at Home said...

My mom makes these and I love them, but I don't think I've ever made them myself. That needs to change!

Suzanne said...

Katie, thanks for stopping by. The molasses crinkles are truly a fall/winter tradition in our home. By the way, I think you could get the reprinted version of the cookbook thru Amazon.

Tiffany -- I'd love to know how you like them. The kids enjoy rolling the little cookie balls, dipping them in sugar, and sprinkling the water drops.


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