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Molasses Cutouts

 Molasses Cutouts
Suggests Deb Anderson of Joplin, Missouri, "You'll have fun decorating these spicy cutouts. They really stand out."
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch

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
  • Confectioners' sugar icing, miniature chocolate chips and M&M's minis, optional

Directions

  • 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.
  • Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each
  • portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 5-in.
  • cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove from pans to

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Molasses Cutouts (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as desired. Yield: about 2
  • dozen.
Freeze option: Freeze undecorated cookies, in freezer containers. To use, thaw in covered containers and decorate as desired.
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.