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Molasses Cutouts

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
    about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large 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

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. 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 3-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 wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as desired.
    Freeze option: Freeze undecorated cookies in freezer containers. To use, thaw in covered containers and decorate as desired.
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