Merry Molasses Cookies

Bake up an old-fashioned spicy molasses cookie, rolled and cut to satisfy all cookie monsters.

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 15 min
  • Servings 36

Cookies

1
cup granulated sugar
1/2
cup shortening
4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
cup full-flavor (dark) molasses
1/2
cup water
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
1
teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2
teaspoons ground ginger
1/2
teaspoon ground cloves
1/2
teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4
teaspoon ground allspice

Glaze, if desired

3
cups powdered sugar
1/3
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
2
to 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1 In large bowl, beat granulated sugar and shortening with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in remaining cookie ingredients. Cover; refrigerate dough at least 3 hours or until firm.
  • 2 Heat oven to 375°F. Generously grease cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray. On generously floured cloth-covered surface, roll half of dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch round cookie cutter. Place about 1 1/2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  • 3 Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched lightly in center. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 In small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth. Spread on cooled cookies.

Expert Tips

Smother these cookies with glaze, then dust baking cocoa over a stencil to jazz them up for the holidays.

Mild-flavor (light) molasses or honey can be substituted for the dark molasses for a slightly different flavor.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
130
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
135mg
135%;
Total Carbohydrate
23g
23%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
11g
11%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.