Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Grandma Moses' Molasses Cookies

Yes indeed I did have a Grandma Moses!
Molasses was on everyone's kitchen table, ready for bread and molasses after dinner with a cup of tea.
Gram's house was no different.  I have very fond memories of the smells from her oven, fresh bread, baked beans and of course molasses cookies.  After a recent Texas trip and an unscheduled stop in a one horse town and $18 worth of home baked molasses cookies later, I knew I had to resurrect the recipe.

1 cup molasses
1 cup sugar
1 cup melted shortening
4 tsp baking soda
4 Tbls hot water
2 tsp cream tarter
2 tsp cinamon
1 tsp allspice
1 heaping tsp ginger
1/2 tsp  salt
2 eggs
4 cups flour

Mix shortening, sugar, molasses, eggs to creamy batter.  Dislove soda in hot water and add to batter.  Mix flour, cream of tarter, cinamon, allspice, and ginger.  Add dry ingredients to batter to make thick dough.  Roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness.  Form cookies with 6"cutter.  Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 for approximately 10-12 minutes.  Best warm out of the oven

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