12/6/09

Christmas Molasses Cookies


Although I thought I'd be up to my elbows in Christmas baking this morning I've found myself running errands and cleaning and organizing instead. The eggs, mixing bowl and frosting tips are sitting on the counter waiting for me. I got so preoccupied with household cleaning that I decided to check emails and take a little break before embarking on the afternoon of baking.

First on my list is the Striped Cookie Rolls that I posted yesterday but I also want to get the dry Molasses Cookie Mix together and bagged so that later this week on an evening after work, I can throw together one or two batches of this delicious Christmas cookie and get a couple made and froze for party platters later. Having doughs and mixes pre-made and ready is a blessing when I find myself with 40 minutes free at 9:00 pm.

Molasses Cookie Mix

6 c flour
3 c sugar
1 T baking soda
1 T baking powder
1 T ground ginger
1 T ground cinnamon
1 1/2 t ground nutmeg
3/4 t ground cloves
1/2 t ground allspice

Additional ingredients for each batch

3/4 c butter or margarine
1 egg
1/4 c molasses
sugar

In a bowl combine the first nine ingredients. Mix and store in an airtight container or zip lock baggie. Will make 9 cups of mix - or 3 batches of cookies.


To make cookies: Cream butter, add egg and molasses. Mix well and add 3 cups of the mix. Shape into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar. Bake 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 for 9 minutes at which time the edges should firm up and surface crack. Cool completely. You should get about 4 dozen per batch.
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