November 26, 2013

Molasses Crinkles

Molasses Crinkles ~ our family-favorite classic molasses cookies.  Who needs those ginger snaps from a box when you can whip up your very own ginger & molasses beauties at home?


Do you have some family favorites that seem to fall off your baking or cooking radar screen for a while?  I'm not sure why it happens, but at times I seem to forget about some of our favorites.  And that's exactly what happened with these beautiful and delicious Molasses Crinkles.  I have no idea why ... but I hadn't made these in years.  And I'm so glad I finally remembered them.  It's fun when you rediscover an ol' favorite classic!

The recipe for these golden beauties comes from a family friend of my mom's from waaaaaaaaaayyyyy back.  I remember my mom making these when I was, like, six or seven years old.  And just trust me when I say ... that was a long time ago.

I can remember helping mom roll the dough into balls.  And helping dip the balls in sugar ... which, to me, was the best part!  I mean, what kid doesn't love to dip something in sugar?


To make the namesake crinkles in these cookies, you squish the cookies with your fingertips or the palm of your hand part-way through their baking.  Mom always handled that part.

When I made this batch, I decided to do a little experimenting to test the crinkle results of squishing the cookies at different times in the baking.  And here are my results, you know ... so you can decide the kind of crinkles you want.

So, in the picture below ...
FIRST COOKIE ~ No squishing at all.  I just wanted to see what would happen if there was no squishing involved.  You get a teeny bit of crinkly cracks, but it's not real pretty.

SECOND COOKIE ~ Squished earlier in the baking process, after about 5 minutes of baking.  As you can see, you get lots of small cracks and crinkles.  And the cookies spread out a tad bit more while they bake.  This is my mom's favorite crinkle result.

THIRD COOKIE ~ Squished later in the baking process, after about 7 and 1/2 minutes of baking.  This results in fewer, larger crinkles and cracks.  This is my favorite crinkle result.


See all those big, bold, beautiful cracks?  Oh, I love them!



I guarantee it won't be years again before I make these next.  Nope.  I'm not going to let these yummy beauties fall back into the 'forgotten favorites' category!  They taste way too good to let that happen again.

So I encourage you to rediscover a forgotten favorite! ... even if it's not these gorgeous Molasses Crinkles.  I think you'll be glad you did.

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Molasses Crinkles
Source:  A family friend a loooooooooong time ago



Ingredients
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar (for rolling the dough balls)
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, shortening, egg, and molasses until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves; stir dry ingredients into molasses mixture. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.
  2. Place granulated sugar in a small bowl. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls; roll each ball in granulated sugar.  Place on a very lightly greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for a total of 9 - 12 minutes. Part way through baking (see times below), gently shake the cookie sheet and lightly press down on the tops of the baking cookies to produce a crinkled, cracked surface. {FOR LOTS OF SMALL CRINKLES: press cookies down after about 5 minutes of baking.  FOR LARGER CRINKLES: Press cookies down after about 7 1/2 minutes of baking.  Then continue baking until the total baking time of 9 - 12 minutes is done.}
Makes about 3 dozen.

Enjoy!


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11 comments:

  1. Oh my, these are my kind of cookies! They sound like an easy Christmas cookie that I'd like to try this year!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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    1. They're just perfect for Christmas, Leslie ... or ANY time. Enjoy!

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  2. Are you telling all your readers that I'm old :)!! I, too, have not made these in years so thanks for the recipe reminder 'cause they sure are good.

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  3. I love ginger cookies. I can't wait to make these. Your cookie is featured at Weekly Rays of Sunshine today as one of my favorite pins this week.

    I'd love it if you linked this to Saturday Dishes. We are featuring cookies and candy today.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

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  4. My mouth is WATERING! Ha those molasses crinkles look amazing!! I followed you here from the link party at Chef in Training & I'd like to invite you to come link up to my party, too. It's Tasty Tuesdays & I pin EVERY POST that gets linked up! You can find this week's party here from tomorrow: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=tasty+tuesdays

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  5. I LOVE molasses cookies. I'll have to try this recipe!

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  6. the cookies look so crinkly and good!

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  7. Those are a great looking recipe, thanks for that side-by-side crinkle comparison!

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  8. These are a family favorite here, too. This was one of the recipes that my mom gave me when I got my first apartment years ago. The original recipe is in the Betty Crocker cookbook (the binder), but may be in other editions too.

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  9. I seriously have been craving molasses cookies! These look insanely good! thanks for linking to Less Laundry, More Linking

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  10. I never squish mine down and they all look like your #3??? Also never put the drops of water on as the old Betty Crocker says to do to get them to crinkle...all very interesting???

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