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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 7-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, molasses and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well.
  • Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 7-9 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
  • For frosting, beat butter, shortening and ginger until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and milk. Spread over cookies. If desired, decorate with sprinkles. Store in airtight containers.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 84 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 84mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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