Molasses Crinkles Cookies

photo-5The scents of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses waft through the house on a cold winter day, inviting hopeful conversation, cookies, and tea. These are the perfect cookies to eat while you watch the snow “shawl” as Dylan Thomas describes it, or watch the rain surfing down the rain chain.

Listen: As you’re mixing these up and enjoying the aroma, try some of the amazing guitar work and harmonies of The Milk Carton Kids: “Honey Honey” from their 2013 album, Ash and Clay, or “Undress the World” from their 2011 album, Prologue.

Sip: Tazo Wild Sweet Orange Tea, or for an adult dessert, you may like to serve these warm with a Woodford Reserve Double-Oaked Bourbon

Begin by heating the oven to 375 degrees which may allow you to turn down your winter thermostat!

Cream together
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar

Add and mix in thoroughly
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses

Sift together and then add:
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger

The aromatic batter is easy to form into balls.
The aromatic batter is easy to form into balls.
rolled, sugared, and ready to bake
rolled, sugared, and ready to bake
about halfway through baking, beginning to flatten and "crinkle"
about halfway through baking, beginning to flatten and “crinkle”
cooling on a rack, crinkled and inviting a taste
cooling on a rack, crinkled and inviting a taste

Cover your baking sheets with parchment paper. Fill a small saucer with white sugar. Roll the cookie dough into balls and then roll each ball in sugar. Place balls on cookie sheet evenly spaced. Bake for approximately 10 minutes. (We like the cookies moist and chewy, so we stay on the low side of 10.)

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