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Spicy Molasses Cookies

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.
  • Makes
    about 12 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light or dark molasses
  • 3 large 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

  • 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.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 70 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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