Every year at this time, our mom would break out her Molasses Sugar Cookie recipe and would start rolling those balls out, coating them in sugar and baking them to that perfect finish where they have just enough crunch but are soft and chewy at the same time.
I have a little secret to admit…somehow in the ten years I have been married and on my own (immediately after college), I haven’t made these cookies once. Not once. It isn’t like I haven’t wanted them every holiday it is just that every time I head over to my mom’s or my sister’s they have already made the cookies and I go home with a bag full! This year, though, I got to send my mom home with a bag of cookies!
These are the perfect cookies for a cookie swap or to put out for Santa!
Molasses Sugar Cookies
Melt 3/4c shortening in large bowl (microwave). Cool. Add 1 cup sugar, 1/4c molasses and 1 egg. Beat well. Add 2t baking soda, 2c flour, 1t ground cloves, 1t cinnamon, 1/2t ginger, 1/2t salt.
Form into 1 inch balls and roll in granulated sugar.
Place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on a rack.