Thursday, January 3, 2008

Molasses Crinkles

This recipe is from a friend of my NH grandparents, also named Priscilla.  I remember having these cookies on her porch overlooking Mascoma Lake.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream together [I use food processor fitted with a steel blade]

¾ c shortening - "Crisco" [I use canola oil]
1 c brown sugar, packed down
1 egg
¼ c (dark) molasses

Blend well. Sift together [I usually omit the sifting] and add to the molasses mix:

2 1/4 c flour
2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt [I omit]
1/4 t cloves [I use 1/2 t]
1 t cinnamon
1 t ginger

Mix well. Chill this dough [for about 1 hour].

Shape in balls about the size of a walnut, dip tops in white sugar. Placed sugar side up 3" apart on greased baking tin.  Sprinkle each cookie with 2 -3 drops of water to produce crinkle/crackled surface.  Bake 10-12 minutes in 375 degree F oven.

"I [the other Priscilla] use confectioner's sugar and water to make a white button of icing on the center of each cookie."

VARIATION:  Mom gave me a similar recipe called "Molasses Crackles".  Similar but calls for 1 c sugar instead of 1 c brown sugar, 2 c flour instead of 2 1/4 c, and 1/2 t instead of 1 t ginger.  Directions  say: "Chill. Form 1"' balls, roll in granulated sugar and place on greased cookie sheet 2" apart. They spread while baking. Bake 8 - 10 minutes in 350 degree F oven."  No mention of water drops or icing.

Reviewed 5/14/17

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