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These soft and chewy Molasses Crinkle Cookies were the perfect winter treat this past weekend when I was home in Maine hunkered down in between snowy Nor’easters! After the incredible Nor’easter that hit New England last week dropping almost 2 feet of snow we had an additional 18 inches of snow dumped on us over the weekend! The perfect recipe to a snowy winter vacation is baking inside where it’s nice and toasty warm with a big cozy fire roaring! These warm, spicy Molasses cookies with ginger, cloves and cinnamon were the perfect treat to battle the snow and bitterly cold temperatures!

Chewy Molasses Crinkle Cookies
Yields 24
These warm, spicy Molasses cookies are made with ginger, cloves and cinnamon and then rolled in a cinnamon sugar mix before being baked in the oven.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
19 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
19 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 3/4 cup shortening
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/4 cup molasses
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
Make the Cinnamon Sugar by stirring together
  1. 3/4 cup sugar
  2. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Instructions
  1. With an electric mixer, cream together the sugar and shortening. Add egg and beat until light and fluffy. Add the molasses and mix until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Stir together. Mix the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture.
  3. Chill the dough several hours or overnight.
  4. After the dough has chilled, roll the chilled dough into 1” balls and then roll the balls in cinnamon sugar. Place the balls of dough onto an ungreased parchment lined baking sheet 2” apart (they will spread.) Bake at 375° for 8 – 10 minutes. Do not allow the cookies to brown or they will become hard. Allow the cookies to remain on the baking sheet for 2 minutes after removing from the oven. Then transfer cookies from the baking sheet with a spatula to a wire rack for cooling.
Notes
  1. Once cooled store in a tightly sealed plastic or glass container as leaving out will harden the cookie and take away from the soft, chewy texture.
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