Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies

These frosted spice gems are a perfect pick-me-up after a hard day at school or work.

Prep Time

30

Minutes

Total Time

6:10

Hrs:Mins

Makes

6

dozen

Cookies
1 1/2
cups granulated sugar
1
cup shortening
1/2
cup molasses
2
eggs
3
teaspoons baking soda
1/2
cup water
5 1/2
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon ground ginger
1
teaspoon ground cloves
1
teaspoon salt
Frosting
1
envelope plus 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1
cup cold water
1
cup granulated sugar
2 1/4
cups powdered sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
1
teaspoon baking powder
1/8
teaspoon salt
  1. In large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, the shortening, molasses and eggs until well blended. In small bowl, dissolve baking soda in water; stir into molasses mixture. Stir in remaining cookie ingredients until well blended. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. On floured surface, roll dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut with floured 2 3/4-inch round cutter (or cut with clean food can with both ends removed, such as rectangular-shaped pork luncheon meat can). Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. In 2-quart saucepan, sprinkle gelatin on cold water to soften; stir in 1 cup granulated sugar. Heat to a rolling boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes. In large bowl, place powdered sugar and hot gelatin mixture. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed about 2 minutes or until foamy. Add vanilla, baking powder and salt; beat on high speed 12 to 15 minutes or until soft peaks form. Frost bottoms of cookies with frosting. Let stand until frosting is dry, 2 to 3 hours, before storing.
Makes 6 dozen cookies
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Purchasing
You decide how strong you want the molasses flavor of these cookies to be. Look for the lighter-colored mild-flavor molasses or the darker full-flavor molasses in the baking aisle of your grocery store.
Time Saver
Go ahead and use vanilla ready-to-spread frosting in place of the recipe listed here.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Cookie)
  • Calories 110
    • (Calories from Fat 25 ),
  • Total Fat 3 g
    • (Saturated Fat 1 g,),
  • Cholesterol 5 mg;
  • Sodium 95 mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 20 g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
  • Protein 1 g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 1/2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.