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Molasses Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

For the Molasses Sugar Cookies

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar plus 2-3 tablespoons for rolling
  • 1/4 dark molasses
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 cups flour sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

For the Frosting

  • 2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons whole milk
  • splash of vanilla bean paste

Instructions

For the Molasses Sugar Cookies

  1. Beat together shortening and sugar
  2. Add molasses and egg and beat well
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves together
  4. Add dry ingredients to molasses mixture, mix well
  5. Wrap in plastic or zipper bag and chill in refrigerator overnight
  6. Preheat oven to 375
  7. Roll into 1 inch balls
  8. Roll in sugar to coat
  9. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart 8-10 minutes or until golden brown
  10. Cool a few minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to cool completely

For the Frosting

  1. Combine sugar, milk, and vanilla bean paste and stir with a fork until smooth
  2. Top each cookie with a spoonful of frosting