My dad eats almost anything. Actually, he WILL eat anything. But there are a few things he doesn’t like. One of those things is celery – weird eh? But there are many things that he does like. And one of those things is Molasses Cookies. When I was little, he was a stay-at-home dad for a few years. And this was one of his specialties. Surprised? My dad can cook, AND bake. He’s really good at it, actually. Anyways, he used to make these for me all the time. He even wrote by the recipe, “Kayleigh likes these”, to help him remember which recipe it was he used. Now, he runs his own business, and doesn’t have near as much time on his hands to bake. So, I make them. For him. I love baking when people love to eat my food. :)
Anyhow. These cookies are the perfect cookie. They are nice and moist and chewy, and stay that way for about a week (not that they last that long normally…). I used to hate to make these (when I was 12 or so), because they are rolled cookies, and I though they took too long. But now, I really don’t mind making them. They are so good, and really don’t take that long [at all]. We found the recipe in an old hospital cookbook, but we made some changes to it (and they’re wayyy better now).
Dad’s Molasses Cookies
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves
So – First, preheat oven to 350 F. Then mix together the shortening, molasses, and brown sugar.
And now, add that egg and beat it in. Then, add your flour, baking soda, and spices. Mix well.
Then comes the rolling part that I used to hate so bad (but really, truly thoroughly enjoy now). Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls (or smaller if you like smaller cookies). After you roll them into balls, roll them into white sugar so that they’re evenly coated.
Next, press with a fork, and throw into the oven for about 10 minutes (truthfully, I put mine in for 11, and they are perfect, but it depends on the oven).
You will know they are done when they look dry. Not dry but not wet… get what I mean? This is about what they look like:
Cael can pull himself up to standing now – all by himself. I turned around the other day, and he was using the laundry basket as a stabilizer, just standing there. He scared me half to death. I can’t believe he’s doing that already. He just started crawling this past week! Ohmydear. How fast they do grow… ! I really have to keep a close eye on him now.
Keep checking, because soon I’ll be posting a red velvet adventure, and some peanut butter love too. :) Oh! And linzer cookies too! My mother-in-law bought me some heart cutters to make some (as I’ve never tried), and I really want to try them out!
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(Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. They just looked SO good. And it was.)
Are there any foods that always remind you of your childhood? Fond memories?