Can’t you just smell the air ,filled with cinnamon,cloves,ginger,and molasses mixed with the faint smell of wood smoke?!
In my life time I have made many cookies, chocolate chip, sugar cookies,raisin filled cookies, kiffles, oatmeal cookies,and Christmas cookies with icing and sprinkles. My family has enjoyed them all but the cookie that is most loved in this home is the plain looking molasses crinkle.
In the first few years of our married life,times were a little hard,but we had enough means to raise our on meat. So lard was used a lot for baking.. The cookies got even better when we had room for a cow. She was a Guernsey,so we had lots of butter.
I have used king syrup , blackstrap,dark Karo ,and local cane syrup. They all work ,with each syrup giving their own taste to the cookie.
The dough keeps in the frig for awhile if one wishes to only make a few cookies at a time for fresh eating. They also freeze well and keep their freshness if frozen right after they cool off.
These cookies are also very good when half of the cookie is dipped in white chocolate.
Here is the recipe..
1 1/2 cup of shortening
2 cups of sugar
2 tsp.baking soda
1 tsp of cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
2 tsp of cinnamon
3 3/4 cups of flour .. 4 if using all butter.
1 tsp of salt
Put ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Roll into an one inch ball then roll in sugar or powder sugar
Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 min.
I have been working also on log cabin scrappy blocks. Eighty of them are finished with 40 more to go.