Molasses Spice Cutouts
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
Makesabout 7-8 dozen (2-1/2-in cookies)
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup light molasses
- 1/2 cup cold coffee
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- ICING (optional):
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 3/4 cup cold water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Colored sugar
- Decorator icing, optional
- In a bowl, cream butter and sugar; beat in molasses and coffee. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt and spices; add to molasses mixture and mix well. Chill dough 1-2 hours or until easy to handle. If needed, add a little additional flour before rolling. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with holiday cutters dipped in flour. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
- For icing if desired combine gelatin and water in a small saucepan. Let stand for 5 minutes to soften. Add sugar. Heat and stir over very low heat until the gelatin and sugar dissolve. Transfer to a bowl. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until foamy. Add baking powder and vanilla; beat until very thick, about 10 minutes.
- Frost cookies by inverting them and quickly swirling the tops in the icing; decorate with colored sugar. For traditional gingerbread men, use decorator icing to add features as desired.
Nutrition Facts2 each: 152 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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Jul 12, 2017
I enjoy making these cutouts! I made these for my nephew when he was a toddler!! These cookies bring back special memories!
Oct 15, 2010
I have used this recipe for years now. Never had a failure! Seems everybody I know loves these cookies, no matter what shape I make 'em. The coffee seemed like a weird ingredient at first, but now I wouldn't dare omit it.