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soft molasses cookies on a black cooling rack on a wood surface
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Soft Molasses Cookies with Icing

Soft, thick and chewy molasses cookies, with or without icing (with a kiss of cream cheese!)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups molasses
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp clove
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 5 cups all purpose flour

Icing

  • 2 1/2 tbsp soft butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese optional (softened, can sub 1 1/2 tbsp cream instead)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine together shortening, sugar, egg, molasses. Add water, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, salt, baking soda.
  • Add flour and mix until evenly combined.
  • Roll into 2 inch balls between the palms of your hands and place 3 inches apart on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes, until done and soft.
  • Cool completely before icing.

Icing

  • Soften butter and cream cheese completely, at least one hour until fully soft.
  • Stir all ingredients together until smooth.
  • Wait until cookies are cooled to ice.