Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas Treats

I am so excited for this Christmas series. 12 days of delicious and decadent Christmas treats, starting today! You may think I’m crazy, but I started planning these posts last December!  That is either a testament to how much I look forward to Christmas baking, or to how much of a crazy list maker I am. I think it’s the baking :)

The first recipe I’m sharing with you, however, I just found a few weeks ago! It comes from Mommie Cooks, written by Julie, my new friend I met at Food Blog Forum in Atlanta. This recipe was her grandmother’s, and since old family recipes appeal to me (and her pictures made these cookies look incredible), I knew I had to make them.

These are a great classic Christmas cookie. They have a wonderful molasses/ginger flavor and a perfectly soft and chewy texture. The glaze on top is a great flavor contrast and makes the cookies a little more special. Mike really liked these, and he normally isn’t a fan of molasses cookies. Although I think he’ll eat anything if I put a powdered sugar glaze on it. If you’re looking for a soft and chewy molasses cookie for the holidays, give these a try. You won’t be sorry. :)

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Molasses Kringles

Ingredients:

Cookies:
3/4 Cup of Shortening (I used half shortening, half butter)
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1/4 Cup of Molasses
21/4 Cups of Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
1/8 tsp Salt
1 tsp of Cinnamon
1 tsp of Ginger
1/2 tsp of Cloves
Sugar for Dipping

Glaze
1/2 Cup of Powdered Sugar
1 tsp of Vanilla
Milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Cream together shortening, butter and brown sugar. Add molasses, egg, flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and mix well.

Add about 1/4 cup of white sugar to a small bowl. Take a heaping teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Roll your ball in the sugar, set it on your cookie sheet and press down on it with with a fork. Repeat for the rest of the dough.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until cookies are just set. Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add milk until the glaze is about the consistency of honey, or a little thinner. Drizzle the glaze over each cookie and allow it to harden.

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