I thought I would share one of my favorite cookie recipes with you today – my Grandma’s Molasses Crinkle Cookies!
Aside from decorating, I also love to bake. The whole process relaxes me, and I love the cozy feeling the house gets from the smell of something sweet baking in the oven. These molasses crinkle cookies are simple to make and are so incredibly delicious.
I received this recipe from my Grandma many years ago and it is still one of my absolute favorites. I am almost certain these cookies were partly responsible for my husband marrying me (it certainly wasn’t my cooking!), and I also baked dozens of them to share with our guests at our wedding, so they hold a special place in my heart.
I’ve made some minor changes over the years (dark brown sugar instead of light, substitute in bread flour for a portion of the all purpose), and I think I have it right where I want it. They are a perfect blend of sweet and spice and are delightfully soft and chewy.
Grandma’s Molasses Crinkle Cookies
¾ cup shortening
1 cup dark brown sugar (you can use light but I think the dark adds more flavor)
1 beaten egg
¼ cup molasses
1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 cup bread flour (you can substitute all purpose flour here if you don’t have bread flour on hand)
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 (heaping) tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger (If you like less spice you can cut this down a little)
½ tsp cloves
¼ cup granulated sugar (for dipping)
In a large bowl or stand mixer, thoroughly cream shortening and sugar. Add egg and molasses, beat well. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to molasses mixture, mix well. Chill dough thoroughly or overnight. Shape into balls the size of walnuts and dip one side into granulated sugar. Place sugared side up on ungreased cookie sheet 2 to 3 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet about 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to rack to cool completely. Makes 2 ½ to 3 dozen, depending on the size of your cookies.
I promise if you bring these to your next office or neighborhood pot luck they will quickly disappear, but be forewarned: you will be expected to make them again and again.
Enjoy! 🙂 🙂