Old school molasses crinkle cookies
The theme for my newspaper column next week is on asking your family elders how Christmas was celebrated decades ago.
And here is one such story:
If my grandma and her sister were still alive, I’m sure they could tell us how long this recipe has been in the family. Although I got it from my sisters, it would have come from my grandma or her sister.
It would not be a cookie typically made these days, given the shortening base and the fact a flour sifter is called for in the instructions. And I can’t think of many modern recipes that ask for molasses.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the following:
- 1 cup shortening.
- 1/4 cup molasses.
- 3/4 cup sugar.
- 1 egg.
- 1 3/4 cup flour.
- 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
- 2 teaspoon baking soda.
- 1 teaspoon ginger.
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered cloves.
Stir the dry mixture into the moist mixture and blend well. Chill for 1 hour. Shape into 1-inch balls. Dip tops into granulated sugar. Arrange on cookie sheet.
Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
They look like this:
Now if you want a good laugh, here it is:
I had to use the flashlight app on my iPhone to poke around and find out where my flour sifter was hiding in the cupboard.