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Christmas Cookie Week: Day #2

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Welcome to Christmas Cookie Week 2013! This year, 8 bloggers have come together to share a daily recipe for yummy and delicious cookies that we hope will inspire you during this season of Christmas baking! Everyone's from different parts of Canada,  except for me....I'm an Alabama Girl... but we all share a joy of baking which makes for love…fresh from the oven! 

Julie from Sober Julie
Stacey from This Lil’ Piglet
Ricki Jill from Art@Home

Today I'm featuring my favorite as well as Big Mama's favorite.  Big Mama is my 93 year old grandmother, and she loved these on Thanksgiving Day!  Big Mama made me molasses cookies when I was a wee lass.  I love the chewy, almost cake-like consistency of these cookies, and they're freezer-friendly.

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Molasses Cookies

5  cups  all-purpose flour
2  teaspoons baking soda
1  teaspoon ground ginger
1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1  cup shortening
1  cup packed brown sugar
1  cup molasses
2  eggs
2  tablespoons water
2  tablespoons cider vinegar
Sugar in the Raw

1. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
2. In a very large bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add molasses, eggs, the water, and vinegar; beat until combined. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour mixture. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.  I left the dough in the fridge overnight.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time to 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough using a 3-inch round biscuit cutter. Place cutouts 2 1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with Sugar in the Raw.
4. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer to a wire rack; cool completely.

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Perfect Pairings:

Pumpkin Eggnog

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I know these would be loved in my house and I appreciate that they are freezer friendly. I'd like to get started. :)

  2. Those look just perfect! And it's so great when food has a family history. :)

  3. Oooooh, I've been looking for a molasses cookie recipe! These look great!

  4. Oh! I will have to make these for my Dad! He will love them! Angie xo

  5. Oh those look delicious. I can practically taste their spices right now and I'm picturing them with a simple cup of tea (which goes with almost anything in my mind). I love simple old-fashioned cookies like these.

  6. One of my favorite cookies. Wish I had one right now!


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