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Secret Treat Molasses Cookies Recipe
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Secret Treat Molasses Cookies Recipe

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This recipe has been passed down for generations. I've made these cookies for years, but like my mother, I only make them for special occasions. They're fun to decorate and delicious to eat, with a "surprise flavor" inside.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 169 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. (The dough will be very stiff.) Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut into 2-1/4-in. to 2-1/2-in. circles. Place 1/2 teaspoon preserves on half of the circles; top with remaining circles. Pinch edges together to seal. Place on greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Combine glaze ingredients and frost cooled cookies. Yield: About 2 dozen.
Originally published as Secret Treat Molasses Cookies in Reminisce September/October 1994, p53

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 169 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

The dough was fairly easy to work with, and the molasses flavour was not too strong. I'd probably put a bit more jam into each cookie next time, but we'll be keeping this on our Christmas baking list!

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