Saturday, December 04, 2010

National Cookie Day

              In case it slipped by you, today is National Cookie Day, and if you ever needed a excuse to bake, here it is! As most of you know, I bake muffins for our Sunday school class, it's my muffin mission, as some call it so I usually bake on Saturdays, so I'll be adding cookies to my list this afternoon, in honor of this special day, of course! One of our favorites here is molasses cookies, soft and chewy and full of spice! This recipe is the only one I've found, so far, that stays soft, so it's a keeper!

Molasses Cookies
2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. each cinnamon, ginger and cloves
1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temp.
1 c. dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp. oil
1/3 c. molasses
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
In a large bowl whisk flour, b. soda and spices. In another bowl, using a mixer, beat butter and sugar will light and fluffy. Add oil, molasses, egg and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture. Cover and chill for about 2 hr Preheat oven to 375. Roll dough into balls then roll in white sugar, flatten with fork and bake for about 10-12 min.

These can be frosted, if so, leave off the rolling in sugar step. And a tip about working with molasses, grease the measuring cup with oil before the molasses and it will pour out easy pleasly!  So, mark your calendar, bake a batch or two and just enjoy the day with all the sweetness it has to offer!


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