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Soft Molasses Cutout Cookies

I received this recipe years ago, when my husband and I managed a retirement home. We'd always put out homemade cookies for morning and afternoon coffee, and these were the first to disappear.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 6-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Frosting or confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with water, beating well after each addition. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Frost or dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 156 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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