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more christmas baking - molasses crinkles

I am continuing the Christmas baking.  My boxes will be out late because I hit a wall due to being anemic.  The iron is helping but when I am done, there is no way I can push any farther through.

One of the cookies I added to the Christmas boxes a couple years ago was molasses crinkles.  These should never be kept in the house or only baked when you know the hordes will be descending.  Then make a double batch so everyone can have their fill!  (smile)

Molasses Crinkles (old common recipe, but a good one!)

3/4 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup molasses ( I have used every strength including blackstrap and nobody complains.. munch, munch, munch)

1 egg

2 1/4 cup all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

granulated sugar to roll them in.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Put the sugar, brown sugar, and molasses in a bowl.  Cream together.

Add the eggs and mix well.

Put the flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking soda, and salt in the bowl.  Carefully mix into the egg mixture.  I say carefully because this when I normally get flour in the middle of my back somehow!

If you want, you can refrigerate at this point for a hour or more but I never do because I just do not want to take the time.

Put a bit of granulated sugar in a bowl.  Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats (or aluminum foil like when I grew up).  Take  a teaspoon of dough out of the bowl.  Roll into a ball.  Roll in the sugar in the bowl.  Place on the baking sheet.  Repeat until the baking sheet is full.

Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until set.  I actually like them a little underbaked so that is why there is a range.

Cup of tea.  These cookies.  Life does not get much better.

Enjoy and relax!

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