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Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies

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Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 6 hr 10 min
  • Servings 72
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These frosted spice gems are a perfect pick-me-up after a hard day at school or work.
Updated Aug 14, 2006

Ingredients

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
Make With
Make With
Gold Medal Flour

Steps

  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    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.
  • tip 2
    Go ahead and use vanilla ready-to-spread frosting in place of the recipe listed here.

Nutrition

110 Calories, 3 g Total Fat, 1 g Protein, 20 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
110
Calories from Fat
25
Total Fat
3 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
Cholesterol
5 mg
Sodium
95 mg
Potassium
50 mg
Total Carbohydrate
20 g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Protein
1 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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