Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Gift of Butter

Gift someone a plate of cookies
and they snack for five minutes
[because they are so-o good!]
Gift someone butter and they
bake and snack with better flavor!

Molasses Cookies

1 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup of molasses
1 large egg
2 1/4 cups of flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. cardamom
1/4 cup of white sugar [to roll balls of cookie dough in]
Preheat Oven Temperature to 375 degrees

I exchanged butter for shortening, and brown sugar for white sugar in this recipe and added cardamom with the other spices.  I have been making this recipe for 35 years.  I often have doubled this recipe for a count of six or seven dozen for many activities where there will be many in attendance and this recipe has been shared many times over.  These Molasses Cookies are traditionally made during the holidays and I enjoy them at different times of the year, as well.  Children and grandchildren have enjoyed them over the years, and grownups too!

1. Cream the butter and brown sugar together until smooth.
2. Add the molasses and continue mixing until well blended.
3. Add the egg and continue mixing until batter is smooth.
4. In a sifter add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, and cardamom.
Sift into another bowl until all is sifted completely.
5. Add flour mixture to butter, brown sugar, molasses, & egg mixture on medium low speed on mixer.
Continue to mix until all the flour is mixed in thoroughly
6. Roll cookie dough by spoonful [choose your size spoon] I use a teaspoon, then roll each cookie dough ball in the white sugar and place on cookie sheets.
7. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes and until cracks start forming on top of cookies.
8.  Cool on the cookie sheets for 10 minutes and then move to cooling racks to finish cooling the cookies.
9. Store in an air tight container or cookie jar with secure lid.
10. Enjoy!

Rooney enjoys the aroma the baking cookies create in the house as much as we do.  I make all of Rooney's dog treats, so when we taste test a Molasses Cookie Rooney has one of her brown rice dog treats with the shape of a dog bone.  I know she knows she is really not having a cookie, and yet she seems genuinely pleased that I make her dog treats by scratch.  Dobermans/Doberwomans have a sweet and kind way of showing their appreciation.  It is usually a sideways lean from her torso to the side of one of my legs for a count of 15 seconds and/or a hug. When a Dobie hugs they bring their neck and front chest into your opening arms.  The first time I experienced a Dobie hug it was an emotional moment.  So deeply touching! The first time it brought me to happy tears.  There are hug moments when Rooney steps back and looks into my face and decides I need extra hug time and will step back in to give me more hug.  That tears me up just sharing it with you!

Enjoy the Molasses Cookies, & Hug Your Pet Extra Today,

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