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Spicy Molasses Cookies Recipe

I found this family recipe in an old cookbook on a timeworn note, handwritten by my stepdaughter's grandmother. It's a very soft, moist cookie—and tastes great with a big glass of milk.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. YIELD:72 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light or dark molasses
  • 3 eggs
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1 cup raisins, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine dry ingredients and spices; add to batter and mix lightly. Stir in nuts and raisins if desired; mix well.
  • 2. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks. Yield: about 12 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 70 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 39 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.