molasses cookies

I loved my Nana.  She was strong and steady.  She was practical and smart.  She played a mean game of Scrabble.  And boy, did she hate to cook (a fact I didn’t learn until years after she died).

Nonetheless, she was amazing at it.  She made great pot pie (I’ve adapted her chicken pot pie to a vegetable version here: Vegetable Pot Pie Recipe).   My grandpa was a farmer, and Nana was always canning something.  Her creamed potatoes were to die for, and we ate her blackeyed peas like they were going out of style.

When I would go spend summers with my Nana and Papa, there was usually a canister of these cookies on the kitchen counter.  She made them in the tiny oven of their white porcelain 1930s Chambers gas range.

 

Nana & me - Nana's Molasses Cookies Recipe - http://www.vegetarianzen.com

Today I make them in my modern-home-standard-issue electric oven using  her old recipe.  I take a bite and find myself right back at that kitchen table, squared off against a robust gray-haired lady bent on my ultimate Scrabble destruction.  

Miss you, Nana.

molasses cookies
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molasses cookies
Nana's Molasses Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
30cookies 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
12minutes 1 hour
Ingredients
  • 3/4cup shortening
  • 1cup unrefined sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4cup molasses
  • 1 1/4cups unbleached flour
  • 3/4cup white-wheat flour
  • 2teaspoons baking soda
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/2teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2teaspoon ground cloves
Servings: cookies
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Instructions
  1. Cream together shortening and sugar.
  2. Add egg and molasses. Beat well.
  3. Combine flours, baking soda, salt and spices in a separate bowl.
  4. Add half of dry ingredients to molasses mixture and mix well. Add remaining dry ingredients; mix well.
  5. Chill dough for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  7. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  8. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in sugar.
  9. Place sugar-coated balls on prepared baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are puffed and golden brown.
  11. Remove from oven and allow cookies to set on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.
  12. Store in a tightly covered container.