Soft Molasses Cookies with Icing
Soft, thick and chewy molasses cookies, with or without icing (with a kiss of cream cheese!)
Servings: 36 cookies
- 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
- 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
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.
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.