There’s been a wind chill this week, each day’s been a little gray, and tonight it will snow. My family’s scattered again after the holidays and I’m in need of a little warmth.
I’ve learned the best way to find or feel anything is to give it away.
And I want to pass along a little cookie hope, a tangible hold-in-your-hand kind of love. Simple. Sweet. Warm.
One of my sons asked me to bake these cookies weeks ago, but life’s always busy I guess, until I make time to unbusy it. I know some others too who could probably use a mid-January warm-me-up treat. And nothing – to me – inspires the warmth of home and family and love like a jar full of cookies.
And … I have a new cobalt blue mixing bowl I need to use. That’s right. Need.
You’ll pull these cookies from the oven and discover each cookie’s delightfully crinkled, almost uniformly round, and warm.
Here’s to spreading a little cookie hope wherever you find it’s needed.
Mimi Jane’s Molasses Crinkles
- 3/4 cup soft shortening
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup molasses
Mix together in a separate bowl:
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
Gradually add and stir in dry mixture to wet.
Chill dough for at least one hour.
Roll into balls about the size of walnuts. Roll in granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Bake just until set, but not hard in 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.
Makes about 3 dozen 2 1/2 inch cookies.