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Molasses Sugar Cookies By Kim Koelbel

Submitted by my dear friend Kim Koelbel from Washington

This recipe makes six dozen! 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Shortening
2 cups White sugar
1/2 cup Molasses
2 Eggs
4 cups All-purpose flour
4 teaspoons Baking soda
2 teaspoons Ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground cloves
1 teaspoon Ground ginger
1 teaspoon Salt

Optional: Red and Green food color

Directions:

Melt the shortening in a large pan on the stove, and allow to cool.

Add sugar, eggs, and molasses, beat well.

In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan. Mix well and chill 3 hours or overnight.

Form into walnut-size balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.

Store in an airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp. If they do lose their softness, an easy way to restore it is to place one slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours or overnight and they will be soft again!

Don't these cookies look so soft and chewy!

Don’t these cookies look so soft and chewy!

My wonderful friend Kim Koelbel

My wonderful friend Kim Koelbel

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Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

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