Saturday, June 11, 2011

Old Fashioned Chocolate Molasses Cookies

Old Fashioned Chocolate Molasses Cookies
A great 2 in 1 cookie recipe combining chocolate and molasses with a vanilla icing! They curb any craving that you might have and the icing is a must. The "Mennonite Girls Can Cook" blog has lots of cookies recipes with a little family history to go along with it. Try these cookies out and taste some down home family cookin'.

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Cream shortening, sugar and molasses together.
Add egg and vanilla.
Sift flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda together.
Stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk until well mixed.
At this point you can make drop cookies by dropping rounded teaspoonfuls of the dough on a baking pan lined with parchment paper or add enough flour to make a dough that can be rolled, then cut with a cooky cutter.
Bake at 375ยบ for 10 to 12 min.
Frost with a plain vanilla icing.

Vanilla Icing:
2 cups icing (powdered) sugar
1 1/2 to 2 tbsp softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 to 4 tbsp milk
Combine and stir till smooth and well blended. If necessary add more icing sugar or milk for spreading consistency.

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