Friday, April 10, 2009

Cookie of the Day: Molasses cookies

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup molasses
1 large egg
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground gloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine brown sugar and shortening in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Add molasses and eggs; beat well.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with knife.

Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (though salt), stirring with a whisk.

Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat at low speed just until blended.

Cover and freeze 1 hour.

Place water in a small bowl.

Place granulated sugar in another small bowl.

Lightly coat hands with cooking spray.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls.

Dip one side of each ball in water; dip wet side in sugar.

Place balls, sugar side up, 1 inch apart, on baking sheets coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes.

Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.
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