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Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies!

Without further ado... The much-anticipated recipe for my WORLD FAMOUS molasses sugar cookies. I kid, but seriously, I make at least 20 batches (and each batch = 72 cookies) every December. Everyone looks forward to them! Here's a quick look at how they come together:

Full transparency, I have no idea who the original creator of this recipe is. I have it hand-written in my Paula Deen "kitchen wisdom and recipe journal," which is well-loved and brings back a touch of Christmas spirit just by opening it. Remember the good ol' days of cookbooks rather than websites? (Pun intended😂)

No idea what the calorie count per cookie is, but does that stuff really matter during leggings season? Make the cookies, sis!

Here's what you need:

1.5 cups shortening

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup molasses

2 eggs

4 cups all-purpose flour

4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp salt

Here's what you do:

  1. Melt shortening in a large pan and then let cool.

  2. Add sugar, eggs, molasses to shortening and beat well

  3. Sift together dry ingredients in separate bowl.

  4. Mix wet and dry together until soft dough forms.

  5. Place dough in ziplock bag (or airtight container) and let chill (3 hours).

  6. Once chilled, form into walnut-sized balls.

  7. Roll in granulated sugar.

  8. Place on greased cookie sheet 2" apart.

  9. Bake at 375* for 8-10 minutes.

  10. Let cool on the baking sheet until you can easily transfer to cooling rack.

  11. Store in air-tight container.

** Helpful hints I've learned along the way

  1. They're best removed from the oven when cracks start to form, for me thats exactly 9:15 cook time.

  2. If they get crunchy or hard (this happens if left out to cool too long, or not stored in an air-tight container, place a slice of bread inside with the cookies. They will be soft and chewy within a few hours (but the bread will be rock-hard!

Not sure if yours looks like they should? Watch the quick video below to see a sped-up version of the whole process!

PS, comment below when you make them... I'd love to know what you think!


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