Molasses Cutouts Recipe
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Molasses Cutouts Recipe

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Suggests Deb Anderson of Joplin, Missouri, "You'll have fun decorating these spicy cutouts. They really stand out."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:36-0 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 36-0 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Optional decorations: confectioners' sugar icing, colored sugar, sprinkles and nonpareils

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 167 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 175 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, buttermilk and molasses. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, ginger and cloves; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as desired. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Freeze option: Freeze undecorated cookies, in freezer containers. To use, thaw in covered containers and decorate as desired.
Originally published as Molasses Cutouts in Taste of Home December/January 2000, p67

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 167 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 175 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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