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December 27, 2012 – These are, hands down, my favourite cookies in the world. They are Molasses Sugar Cookies, and I only ever make them at Christmas. The recipe came to Vancouver with me when I left home, my Mom made them every year at Christmas and they have the most heavenly, warm, heady, Christmas spiciness. Cloves, cinnamon, ginger, molasses…everything that screams winter cookie.

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Molasses Sugar Cookies

1 ½ cups shortening
4 cups flour
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
4 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup table molasses
1 teaspoon ginger
1 tsp cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream shortening. Add sugar, molasses and beaten eggs and mix well. Then add the dry ingredients, mixing well. Make 3/4″ balls (or 1″ balls for bigger cookies) and roll in sugar. Lightly press with fork. Bake on a greased sheet at 350 – 375 degrees for 8 – 12 minutes, depending on cookie size.

Makes approximately 7 dozen cookies (3/4″ dough balls)

I usually half the recipe unless I plan to give some away, who really needs seven dozen cookies in the house?!?