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Frosted Molasses Spice Cookies

 Frosted Molasses Spice Cookies
“These frosted spice cookies are always picked first at the holiday bake sale,“ says Muriel Lerdal, a field editor from Humboldt, Iowa.
90 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons 2% milk
  • Colored sprinkles, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Beat in the eggs, molasses and vanilla. Combine the flour,
  • ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and allspice; add to creamed

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Frosted Molasses Spice Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each
  • addition.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake
  • at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to
  • cool.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, cream shortening and butter until
  • light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners'
  • sugar and ginger. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy. Spread over
  • cookies. Decorate with sprinkles if desired. Store in an airtight
  • container. Yield: 7-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 83 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 87 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.